The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), and National Iranian American Council (NIAC) invite you to a shared panel and celebration in honor of the presence in Washington of the Cyrus Cylinder and its significance for the peaceful interaction of civilizations based on universal human rights and human dignity.
We gather to celebrate and reflect together during the Jewish Passover, and immediately following Norooz, the Iranian New Year, demonstrating the peaceful interaction of two ancient civilizations united in their common devotion to the legacy of Cyrus the Great.
This event will feature:
Dr. Shaul Bakhash, Professor of History and Iranian Studies, George Mason University
Rabbi / Dr. Marc Gopin, Director of CRDC, George Mason University
Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Director of the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
Dr. Trita Parsi, President, NIAC
Thursday, March 28th, 2013 - 7-9 PM
Founders Hall, Room 126, George Mason University 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
Cyrus, Ben-Gurion and Ben-Zion - By all accounts. Cyrus was a magnanimous man and the archetype of a wise ruler. The policies that he introduced did indeed promote religious tolerance, and the right for communities to live according to their own laws and beliefs. What Cyrus promoted is a model to be emulated and not criticized. One must be grateful that Neil MacGregor delivered his TED talk, and is allowing the Cyrus Cylinder to tour the United States of America. -Abolala Soudavar 02/20/13
- The Cyrus Cylinder has traveled to the United States for the first time, and it will tour five major metropolitan centers, starting March 9th at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., traveling afterwards to Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Despite its antiquity, the cylinder may still have a significant role to play on the international stage today. -Farhang Jahanpour 03/11/13