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"Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora" Conference in San Jose State University, California

Source: Persian Studies Program, SJSU

Join San Jose State University Persian Studies for the first-ever “Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora”-- a two-day conference featuring panels on visual arts, literature and film with Bay Area and nationally-acclaimed writers, artists and filmmakers. The conference also features two special events: “Inja o Oonja: Stories from Iranian American Life” -- a staged adaptation of three short stories from Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers on Friday, April 11 (7 pm, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th Street-free and open to the public) and “Filmmaking in the Diaspora-- A Screening and Discussion Babak Sarrafan's “Doosteh Hameshegy--Forever Friends” and Mo Gorjestani's “Refuge” on Saturday, April 12, (7 pm, SJSU Student Union Ballroom- free and open to the public). To register for conference by April 7 (which includes two days of panels about art, literature, and film as well as lunch both days) go to: or call: 408 924-4476.

April 11th - 12th, 2014, MLK Library Room 225/229 and 255
San Jose State University, California


"Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora"

Hosted by SJSU Persian Studies and Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
April 11-12, 2014, San Jose State University
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229 and 255

Friday, April 11
9:30 am Coffee/Opening

10:00 am
Introductory remarks and welcome by Persian Studies, Persis Karim and Shahin Gerami
Comments and welcome by Lisa Vollendorf, Dean, College of Humanities and Arts

10:30 am
PANEL 1 -- Aesthetics and Politics and the Circulation of the Cyrus the Great
(six short films, six interpretations)
Participants: Nasrin Rahimieh, Mazyar Lotfalian, Ala Ebtekar, Sahar Driver, Arash Saedinia, Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz

12:30 pm Lunch Break

1:15 pm
PANEL 2- Writing the Diaspora-- Roundtable Discussion with Editors of B/Ta'arof Magazine
Participants: Arash Davari, Solmaz Sharif, Arash Saedinia, and Mani Parcham

2:45 pm Coffee Break

3:00 pm
PANEL 3- "Arts of the Iranian Diaspora: Giving Back to Iran"
Participants: Nazy Kaviani, Sepideh Khowsrojah, Kourosh Taghavi

4:00 pm
Open discussionChallenges, Successes, and the Future of Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora
Facilitated by Taraneh Hemami

5:00 pm Adjourn

5:15-6:30 pm
Dinner Reception for Participants at Pomegranate Cafe (across from the library) conference presenters only

6:30 pm
Tea and sweets at Le Petit Trianon Theater (open to public)

7:00 pm
Le Petit Trianon for "Oonja o Anja: Stories of Iranian American Life"
Stage production adapted and directed by SJSU Professor Matthew Spangler from Stories and Essays by Mehdi Tavana Okasi, Persis Karim and Jasmin Darznik
Comments by Matthew Spangler

7:30 pm

Saturday, April 12
9:00 am Coffee/Welcome

9:30 am
PANEL 1-"Landscapes of Fiction: Iranian American Writers"
Particpants: Leah Mirakhor (discussant), Jasmin Darznik, Anita Amirrezvani, Laleh Khadivi, and Marjan Kamali

10:45 am Break

11:00 am-12:30 pm
PANEL 2- "Politicized Aesthetics in the Work of Contemporary Iranian Artists"
Participants: Taraneh Hemami, Ali Dadgar, Sanaz Mazinani, Amitis Motevalli, Samira Yamin, Sohrab Mahdavi (moderator)

12:30 Lunch Break

1:30 pm
PANEL 3 - "New Media for Old Stories?"Engaging our History and Present in the Age of Electronic Media
Participants: Kelly Niknejad (skype), Kurosh Valanejad, Manijeh Nasrabadi (Discussant)

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm
PANEL 4 - "Iranian American Voices of Silicon ValleyA Digital Stories Project" screening and discussion
(with Persis Karim, Director and Clint Gilbert, Producer)
Comments/Discussion with Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh

4:30-5:15 pm General Discussion

Evening dinner everyone on their own; recommended restaurants will be provided

7:00 pm
SJSU ballroom Film screening of "Doosteh Hameshegy" (Forever Friends) with writer/director Babak Sarrafan and "Refuge" with writer/director Mo Gorjestani
Discussion to follow

*Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and subject to change.

This conference made possible with grants from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (a managed fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), the PARSA Community Foundation (in collaboration with IHF America) and CAL Humanities (with a grant for the Community Stories Project). With special thanks to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

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