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Call For Papers: Symposia Iranica Second Biennial Iranian Studies Conference

- Symposia Iranica inaugurated at the University of St Andrews with 99 speakers in 2013 as the first early career scholar-focused in the field. We bring together this group to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies - 7/17/14

A talk by Fereshteh Ghazi in Berkeley, California: "Political prisoners families from 60's to green movement"

- Fereshteh Ghazi is an Iranian journalist. She has worked in more than 18 newspapers in Iran which have all been banned: Khordad, Hammihan, Hambastegi, Bonyan, Etemad etc. She was arrested in 2004 and blocked from work until 2007 when she left Iran. -Berkeley Lecture Series - 6/26/14

The First Annual Pars Equality Center Autumn Gala in Los Angeles

- The 1st Annual Pars Equality Center Autumn Gala will raise funds for the Pars Equality Center, a non-profit organization that provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees and immigrants. - 6/25/14

Panel discussion in San Francisco: Impact of War on Women and Children in the Middle East

- Senses Cultural is presenting a panel discussion on the Impact of War on Women and Children in the Middle East to be held on June 28th from 2-5 pm at San Francisco State University. - 6/18/14

Event at Asia House in London: "Real Fictions: Unlocking The Iranian Cinema"

- The Bagri Foundation will host its next World Cinema Club at Asia House on Wednesday 2 July 2014 from 6.45-8pm. The aim of the club is to promote a deeper engagement with films from around the planet at meetings that are engaging, informative and enjoyable. This session turns its attention to Iranian Cinema with a talk by the respected film expert, Rose Issa. - 6/10/14

Ostad Lotfi's Memorial at Central Stage in Richmond, California

- A celebration of Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi's life and music will be held on Saturday June 7, 2014 at Central Stage in Richmond, California. Many of his students will be performing in an ensemble to celebrate the memory and music of this great man - 6/4/14

Lecture at UCLA: The Oil City in an Age of Jazz: Nostalgia and Modernity in Abadan, Iran

- We often hear how oil is both a blessing and a curse that engenders wealth for the select few and misery for many: black gold for the elites and 'the devil's excrement' for the masses. The discovery and extraction of oil entails environmental pollution, political violence and economic corruption, it feeds dictatorships and smothers democratic forces. - 5/29/14

Panel in London: The Future of Iranian Theatre

- A panel of theatre insiders will discuss the current state and future of Iranian theatre, with questions from the audience. The session will be chaired by Nelson Fernandez, director of NFA International Arts and Culture, and formerly of the British Council. - 5/20/14

The Elements: The Paintings of Mehri Yazdani

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is showcasing paintings by Mehri Yazdani, an Iranian-American Artist. This is the first time that Mehri Yazdani is exhibiting her work in Silicon Valley, a great opportunity for the community to know an award-winning artist and to observe her remarkable paintings. - 5/13/14

Farhad Ahrarnia's Exhibition in London: STAGE ON FIRE

- For his third solo show at Rose Issa Projects, Farhad Ahrarnia combines his interest in dance, high modernism, and the arts of Central Asia and the Middle East to explore the relationship between various national, cultural and political institutions and 20th-century avant-garde arts. - 5/13/14

Two Iranian women to compete in Paris-Dubai rally

- The competition which began on April 15 and will continue into May 5, is an extraordinary automobile rally to link French capital, Paris to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The route drives 6,925km from France, Switzerland, Principaute of Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran to the UAE. - 5/1/14

" Manuscripts Don't Burn" by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof to screen at San Francisco Film Festival

- Writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof has rooted his remarkable career in an aesthetically wide-ranging critique of censorship and authoritarian rule in his native Iran, a project embracing everything from documentary (Head Wind, 2008) to surreal allegory (The White Meadows, SFIFF 2010) to hard-edged realism (Goodbye, SFIFF 2012). - 4/23/14

"The Soul Of War": Shokoufeh Malekkiani International Iranian Photographer Exhibition at the Agora Gallery New York City

- Shokoufeh Malekkiani blends her extraordinary artistic vision with a dedication to philanthropic causes as she continues to make a difference in this world. According to Malekkiani, "the power of art is limitless," and it is her greatest hope that she is able to leverage that artistic power to shed light on some of humanity's most devastating realities. - 4/17/14

Burnt Generation: A major exhibition of unseen work by eight contemporary Iranian photographers

- 'Many commentators have said that some of the most exciting photography in the world today is being made in Iran,' says Candlestar Director Fariba Farshad, who has curated Burnt Generation, Candlestar's new exhibition of Iranian Photography (in London). - 4/11/14

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 24 - May 14, 2014

- UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to continue its long tradition of tracing the unfolding of Iran's fascinating national cinema. Continually offering compelling new voices and visions, Iranian film responds to a rich storytelling heritage and enters into crucial dialogue with other world cultural and artistic traditions in its unique interplay of social inquiry and formal experimentation. - 4/10/14

Photos: 9th International Robocup Competition Kicks Off In Tehran

- The 9th RoboCup Iran Open competitions and symposium officially kicked off in Tehran on Wednesday. The competition hosts 388 teams from Iran, US, UK, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, India, Pakistan, UAE, Canada, Turkey, Colombia, Egypt and Indonesia. - 4/9/14

The Voice For Peace: Arash Fouladvand to conduct Cosmopolitan Persian Choral at Paris' Saint Sulpice Church

- La Voix de la Paix ( The Voice for Peace) is an ambitious music project consisting of presenting a series of Persian concerts across the French Capital with a cosmopolitan ensemble conducted by a young and energetic Iranian engineer Arash Fouladvand turned talented conductor / composer (Watch Manoto's Welcome to My Life). -Darius Kadivar - 4/7/14

NIAC to hold California Action Summit on May 4 in Palo Alto

- The summit aims to help strengthen our community's political clout in the epicenter of the Iranian-American community - California. By investing in ourselves as civic leaders, we can use our resources, talents, and drive to effect big changes in Washington. But that can't happen without you! Register today for NIAC's first annual California Action Summit and join us in making history! - 4/4/14

Mehri Yazdani's Paintings are coming to San Jose, California

- Mehri Yazdani's painting evolved from her love for the art of ancient Persia, Greece, and Egypt. Her semi-abstract images give new form to ancient motifs, creating a unique style which captures the spirit of these early civilizations. - 4/2/14

6th Annual Festival of the Silk Road: Sunday, April 27th in San Jose, California

- Afsaneh Art & Culture Society/Ballet Afsaneh proudly presents the 6th annual Festival of the Silk Road - 2014. Dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road including Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, China, India, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Balkans, the Roma & more.. - 3/31/14

Iranian Women in Film and TV: A Panel Discussion, Seminar in Los Angeles

- Noor Iranian Film Festival in association with Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference proudly present a Panel Discussion and Seminar with Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mahnaz Afshar, Nazanin Boniadi, and Necar Zadegan. Moderated by Homa Sarshar. - 3/26/14

"Red Lines and Deadlines" with Director Taghi Amirani: March 25th in San Francisco

- In 2004 filmmaker Taghi Amirani gained unprecedented access to Shargh, at the time Iran's leading reformist newspaper. With full official permits from all the relevant Iranian authorities he went behind the scenes with the paper's young journalists as they went about their job of reporting and commenting on a wide range of social, cultural and political stories. - 3/25/14

Persian New Year Celebrations in Portland, Oregon

- Iranian Student Association of Portland Norouz Celebration: Saturday, March 22nd' Persian New Year Celebration: Saturday, March 29th; Nowruz Ensemble: Festive Traditional Persian Music: Saturday, April 12th - 3/25/14

Nowruz Meet and Greet at Oakland Museum of California

- Oakland's popular weekly family nights will represent the Persian New Year celebration "Nowruz"! Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street for a taste of local music, food, art, culture! Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. - Friday, March 28, 2014, 5-9 pm - 3/18/14

EXHIBITION in Los Angeles: Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin

- The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin, an exhibition of new works by Iranian-American artists Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin. - 3/18/14

2014 Nowruz Celebration in Orange County

- Honoring the Iranian New Year in Orange County with Music, Dance, Family-friendly Entertainment, and a Special Nowruz Concert Featuring the "Nowruz Ensemble with guest vocalist Mamak Khadem" - 3/17/14

"A Thousand Years of the Persian Book" Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress March 27

- An exhibition at the Library of Congress will explore the rich literary tradition of the Persian language over the last millennium, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary publications. The exhibition will bring attention to the literary achievements of Iran and the greater Persian-speaking regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Central and South Asia and the Caucasus. - 3/13/14

Iranian Films at 13th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival

- Falling Leaves, directed by Ali Jaberansari; From Tehran to Heaven, directed by Abolfazl Saffary (in person); Duet, directed by Navid Danesh - at Tiburon International Film Festival, April 10-18 - 3/13/14

Nowruz at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles: "Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds"

- On Friday March 14th the Midnight Mission and Southern California Iranians will reunite for the third annual Nowruz at the Midnight Mission event in Downtown's Skid Row sponsored by Skechers USA, Inc. The spirit of Nowruz is one of renewal and promises of a better, brighter start, a pursuit the Midnight Mission strives for every day. - 3/12/14

"When I was in Love," a Hessam Abrishami Solo Exhibition

- ABRA Gallery is very pleased to present Hessam Abrishami's second solo show in Westlake Village (California). Through these forty paintings, Hessam will be expressing his love affairs throughout his life, inviting viewers a glimpse through his past pleasures. - 3/12/14

Iranian (Persian) New Year 2014-1393 Times

- Nowruz (Norouz) Times - 2014 - 1393 Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. - 3/11/14

Amir Hossein Zanjani's Solo Exhibition at Salsali Private Museum in Dubai: "Philosophical And Social Idea Of The Submission To Power"

- While Zanjani's portrayals give off piercing visions of the powerful persuasion of military force similar to real-life events such as the German 3rd Reich and the dictatorship of North Korea, they also refer to the social conflicts of the paradoxical and innate human subconscious desire to follow, submit and be conquered. - 3/11/14

Call for Entry: 2014 Noor Iranian Film Festival

- The 7th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival is launching its 2014 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works. Submissions will open on March 15, 2014 and end on July 15, 2014. - 3/6/14

World Premiere Viola Concerto by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran in Santa Rosa Symphony's March 22, 23 and 24 concerts in Weill Hall

- Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a world premiere by award-winning contemporary composer Behzad Ranjbaran on March 22, 23, and 24, 2014, in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. - 3/4/14

Iran and its Youth: A Series of Dialogues

- The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto is pleased to present a series of interactive conversations that will take place in Berlin, Toronto, London, and Silicon Valley - all live online - during the first week of March 2014. - 3/3/14

Iran Heritage Foundation's Norouz Gala 2014 in London

- Iran Heritage Foundation Invites you to celebrate The Persian New Year NOROUZ with its legendary hospitality on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at The Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN. Featuring Rising Star Rana Mansour - 3/3/14

The Pars Equality Center 4th Annual Nowruz Gala In Northern California

- We are pleased to announce that with the kind generosity and support received from both Iranian and American community, event has been sold out three weeks prior to the date. Please check our auction items at www.parsnowruzgala.com - 3/3/14

First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar

- Dena Taherianfar was born in Tehran, in November of 1996. She began taking lessons in piano when she was six. Her first teacher was Mrs. Shohreh J. Ghajar. Dena gave her debut concert in the renowned Roudaki Concert Hall of Tehran in 2008. At her teacher's suggestion, Dena eventually moved to Vienna where she began to study piano with Prof. Stanislaw Tichonow at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory. - 2/28/14

The 2014 IAAB Summer Leadership Institute Returns to the South in July

- IAAB is pleased to present its 2014 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), which is being held from July 6th to July 18th at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2014 SLI houses IAAB's celebrated annual Iranian American high school and middle school leadership camps, Camp Ayandeh and Camp Ayandeh Javan - 2/27/14

6th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA

- For the sixth year in a row, Farhang Foundation will celebrate Nowruz (Iranian New Year) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in what has become the foundation's signature event, drawing thousands of visitors to the museum in recent years. - 2/26/14

Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year with a Free Family Festival

- The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present its sixth annual "Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration" free family festival Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors of all ages can dance, play and feast to mark the Persian year of 1393 at a celebration encompassing both museums and including live music, film, art making, hands-on workshops and traditional cuisine. - 2/25/14

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

- 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. - 2/25/14

Bahman Kiarostami's "The Statues of Tehran" to be screened in San Francisco

- In essence, The Statues of Tehran interrogates the function of monuments in today's Tehran, an ideology-ridden postmodern megalopolis, afflicted with forgetfulness. It tracks the fate of two important public sculptures, the first, a pioneering work commissioned by the royal family in the 1970s, of then foremost modern sculptor Bahman Mohassess; the second a tribute to the Islamic Revolution standing in Enghelab Circus (Revolution Roundabout), by Iraj Esskandari. - 2/24/14

Iranian Medical Access Project: Advocacy Event and Charity Fundraiser

- Please join us for an evening of cocktails, snacks, good company, and, most importantly, discussion on the impact current sanctions are having on ordinary Iranians' access to medicine and medical devices. All proceeds of this important advocacy event will benefit Moms Against Poverty's medical initiatives in Iran. - 2/20/14

2014 Farhang Short Film Festival's Top Six Nominees Selected

- The Top 6 Nominees of the 6th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival have officially been announced. They are Aghaye Past (Canada), Brain of Terror (USA), Bride of Rain (Iran), K-von Presents: A Splash of Nowruz (USA), Lady with Flower-Hair (Iran), andLegend of Gheysar (USA). - 2/18/14

Exhibition in London: Parastou Forouhar's "Kiss Me"

- This is the third solo show in London for Parastou Forouhar, whose latest body of work, the Kiss Meseries of textile banners, is an exciting new chapter in her art. - 2/18/14

Zanan Group's International Women's Day Celebration 2014 in Cupertino, California

- Partow Noorial, Acclaimed Poet and literary Critic. Mojdeh Shamsaei, Prominent actress of Iranian Cinema. Shahrzad Sepanlou, A refreshing voice from LA. Songs of Azerbaijan by Mahin. Dance Performance by Negar Esfandiari, and Art Exhibition by local Iranian Women artist - 2/17/14

Sony Classical Presents Major Label Debut From Iranian Composer Hafez Nazeri

- Sony Classical has announced a March 11th worldwide release for UNTOLD, the much-anticipated major label debut from acclaimed Iranian composer, vocalist and virtuoso instrumentalist, Hafez Nazeri. An innovative synthesis of Middle Eastern and Western elements, UNTOLD introduces Nazeri as one of modern music's most exciting new visionaries. - 2/14/14

Screening at UCLA - Hush: Girls Don't Scream

- Film screening followed by discussion with Iranian writer/director Pouran Derakhshandeh. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series. - 2/6/14

Workshop in San Jose, California: 6/8 Rhythm in Persian Music and Language

- Ever wonder why 6/8 rhythm is so important in our music? Could it be because so much of what we say in colloquial Farsi is also in 6/8? Come join us for a fun lecture/workshop at the Shiraz Arts Academy with our own Naser Sheikhzadegan who will review and perform basics of rhythm and explore commonalities in our music and spoken Farsi in usages of 6/8 and other rhythms. - 1/22/14

Exhibition and Lectures: Travel the Silk Road in Los Angeles!

- During its golden age (AD 600 to 1200), the Silk Road opened up the world to new ideas and products. It stretched 4,600 miles through scorching desert sands and freezing snowy mountain passes, from eastern China through Central Asia to the Middle East. - 1/15/14

"The House is Black" Media Performance at UCLA's Freud Playhouse

- "The House is Black" is Sussan Deyhim's media-film-performance project, inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and film makers of the 20th Century. This project seeks to shed light on the importance of progressive Iranian contemporary arts through the vision of two of Iran's most avant-garde female artists, Forough Farrokhzad and Sussan Deyhim. - 1/15/14

Explore 'Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran' at Peeler Center, Feb. 10 - May 8

- An exhibition of 58 works of photography and video installations by 20 of Iran's most celebrated photographers, will be on view at DePauw University's Richard E. Peeler Art Center. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, gathers personal perspectives of contemporary Iran filtered through individual sensibilities, which simultaneously addressing public concerns. - 1/4/14

Iran to host international architecture expo

- Iran plans to hold the 4th international interior architecture and modern house to be joined by twelve other countries. The event which is combination of knowledge, art and industry is scheduled for January 8-11. It also includes different sections in designing, architecture, interior decoration, nanotechnology and biotechnology. - 1/4/14

Meet Farhang: Shab-e Yalda Celebration

- Join Farhang Foundation on December 20th at The Moss Theater at New Roads School in Celebration of Shab-e Yalda, featuringGordafarid, Kamran Thunder, Mohammad Hassani and Arash Shapouri, poetry recital by Haleh Mahboubi Gabbay - 12/20/13

Panel Discussion in New York - Shoja Azari: FAKE: Idyllic Life

- FAKE: Idyllic Life features recent painting installations and video works by Shoja Azari that seamlessly intertwine quotation with intervention in order to examine the integral roles that history and context play in depictions of the Islamic world. - 12/13/13

Exhibition in London - Hanieh Delecroix and Keyvan Saber: LIFELINE

- This is the first solo exhibition in London for Hanieh Delecroix & Keyvan Saber, a unique collaboration between two Iranian artists based in Paris who started working together in 2012. - 11/22/13

Getty Villa's Popular Cyrus Cylinder Exhibition Extended until December 8

- Due to its popularity, the Getty Villa exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning, featuring one of the most celebrated discoveries from the ancient world, has been extended through Sunday, December 8. The Getty Villa will also continue its special Saturday evening hours until 9:00 p.m. through the extended run of the exhibition. - 11/13/13

Portraits of Iranians in exile to be displayed in Germany

- On Saturday Nov. 23, the Arturo drama school in Cologne, Germany will exhibit 101 portraits by Iranian painter Arta Davari depicting Iranians living in exile. The artist told Radio Zamaneh that the subjects of the portraits are all friends or acquaintances of his. - 11/7/13

MASTERS OF PERSIAN MUSICSERIES: Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard to perform at SFJAZZ Center

- A virtuoso of the Persian spiked fiddle called the kamancheh, Kayhan Kalhor is a three-time Grammy nominee widely considered to be the greatest living ambassador of Iranian music. Ali Bahrami Fard, a master of the rarely heard bass santour (a hammered dulcimer with 96 strings). - 11/6/13

Exhibition in New York: "FAKE: Idyllic Life" - New Works by Shoja Azari

- Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present new painting installations and video works by Shoja Azari that seamlessly intertwine myth with reality, quotation with intervention in order to examine the integral roles played by history and context in depictions of the Islamic world. - 11/5/13

University of Maryland Hosts IAAB's 2014 Student Summit

- IAAB's 2014 Student Summit will be held at The University of Maryland, College Park on Friday, January 31st through Sunday, February 2nd. The 2014 Student Summit will be hosted by the Iranian Students' Foundation (ISF), one of the oldest and largest Iranian university student groups in the country. - 11/5/13

Berkeley Lecture Series Presents: A seminar by Bahram Beyzaie on "Gilgamesh"

- Born in Tehran in Dec. 1938, Bahram Beyzaie is a well-known Iranian critic, researcher, teacher, playwright, stage director (and producer), screenwriter and filmmaker (director, producer and editor). He was first introduced to western audiences at the age of 25, when his play was staged at the Festival du Theater des Nations in Paris, 1963. - 11/5/13

The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: A book talk at UCLA by Goli Taraghi, Author

- Rich in characters, whimsical and deeply poignant, humorous and real, the stories of Goli Taraghi have made her one of the world's most beloved contemporary writers from Iran. - Sunday, November 10, 2013 at UCLA - 10/27/13

MODERNITY OF TRADITION: Photography exhibition in London in support of the Omid Foundations

- An exhibition of photographs by Omid Salehi in support the Omid Foundations. The exhibition includes over 40 limited edition photographs by the artist. This is a truly unique opportunity to purchase photographs of exceptional importance at very attractive prices and at the same time supporting the work of the Omid Foundations. - 10/24/13

ZAHHAK: The Dragon King of Persia

- World premiere (in London) of a new stage work by Hossein Hadisi for voices, percussion and dance. The piece celebrates the Persian minstrels' art of Naqqali by reenacting the ancient myth of Zahhak from the Persian 'Book of Kings'. The music is performed by EXAUDI, one of Britain's leading contemporary music ensembles, and six dancers from London Contemporary Dance School. - 10/21/13

Iran to host 2014 Fajr Visual Arts Festival

- Iran is planning to set novel programs for the sixth edition of Fajr International Visual Arts Festival to be held in the capital city of Tehran February 3-24, 2014. The festival annually hosts many artists from the country and around the world to vie in nine categories including painting, graphic design, pottery, illustration, miniature, and caricature. - 10/21/13

Conference in DC: "US-Iran direct talks: Is there a Breakthrough on the Horizon?"

- The American Iranian Council (AIC) invites you to attend a timely conference titled, "US-Iran direct talks: is there a Breakthrough on the Horizon?" This event is a part of the AIC's flagship project, "Mapping US-Iran Peace," which aims to facilitate a constructive dialogue between Iran and the United States. - 10/19/13

6th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival Honors Oscar-nominated Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo

- The 6th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival (Los Angeles, Oct 18-24) will present the NIFF Achievement Award to the only Oscar-nominated Iranian-American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo at this year's Closing Awards Ceremony. - 10/18/13

Persian Art from Islamic Era at Tropenmuseum of Amsterdam

- The objects at the exhibition have been collected from various museums and collections such as The Hague Municipality Museum, Rotterdam World Museum, Escher Foundation and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. - 10/14/13

As Historic US-Iran Talks Begin, Top Experts and Officials Convene in Washington for NIAC Conference

- There is a historic opportunity to resolve the nuclear stand-off with Iran, avert war and set a new course for US-Iran relations. As new and potentially monumental nuclear negotiations commence in Geneva next week, the National Iranian American Council will convene its third annual Leadership Conference in Washington featuring top policymakers, experts, and former officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the United States providing expert analysis of unfolding events. - 10/9/13

Panel Discussions at UCLA: The 1953 Coup and its Implications for the Current Political Discourse in Iran

- August 2013 was the 60th anniversary of the coup against Mohammad Mossadeq, one of the pivotal events of modern Iranian - and Middle Eastern - history. The coup and the conditions surrounding it continue to spark academic and political debate due to their significance for subsequent developments in Iran as well as for the Islamic Republic's relations with the United States and the West. - 10/9/13

Iranian-American Artist Manss Aval solo exhibit "The Nature of Things" at the Poway Center for the Performing Art

- The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild is pleased to announce that guild member Manss Aval has been selected for a solo exhibit, entitled "The Nature of Things" at the Poway Center for the Performing Art. - 10/7/13

"Drought and Lies": A Play The Washington Theatre Group

- Directed by Farid Bozorgmehr, this is a play about the young professional generation of Iranians in Iran and their marital and social problems and conflicts. Written by one of the best Iranian playwrights, Mohammad Yaghoubi, whose controversial plays have created a lot of sensation in Iran. The production of his plays have recently been banned in Iran. - 10/6/13

Cyrus Cylinder Goes West

- In 1851, the American John Babsone Lane Soule (1815-1891, the first Superintendent of Schools in Indiana) penned his famous line: "Go West, young man!" in an article in the Terre Haute-Indiana Daily Express. And while the iconic clay cylinder bearing the name of Cyrus the Great is hardly young (over 2,500 years old), after trekking through Washington D.C., Houston, and New York, it heeded Soule's imperative and headed out West. -A.J. Cave - 10/2/13
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