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June 2002

* Conference: Iranian women, Denver
* Conference: Iranian-American Council, San Francisco
* Film: Maryam, Ohio & Northern California
* Community: Hall of Reflections, Berkeley
* Scholarship: For Muslims in U.S.
* Lecture: Responding to the Backlash, New York
* Art: Shirin Neshat events
* Wanted: Amateur Iranian musicians in the New York
* Theater: Auditions, San Francisco
* AIDS Walk, Orange County, California
* Friends: Deedaar, San Francisco
* Farsi speakers: Cultural liason, Washington DC

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* Conference: Iranian women, Denver

Woman, Religion and Ideology
June 14-16, 2002
University of Denver, Colorado

Program Registration

Program Registration in Farsi (PDF format)

Reserve your accommodation as soon as possible!

Accommodation Package in Farsi (PDF Format)!

Maps & Directions

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* Conference: Iranian-American Council, San Francisco

American Iranian Council announces its 2002 West Coast Special Conference and Gala Dinner

US-Iran Relations and the Iranian-American Community and Gala Dinner, Honoree Program and Festivities.

Saturday, June 1, 2002

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel - San Francisco

600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 >>> DETAILS

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* Film: Maryam, Ohio & Northern California


The Iranian Cultural Association and the Wexner Center for the Arts present ... Maryam (Ramin Serry, 2000) Saturday, June 1 / 7 pm Introduced by Ramin Serry. The first feature from Iranian-American director Ramin Serry, Maryam (90 mins) is set in 1979 in suburban New Jersey.

"Two thumbs up!" -- Roger Ebert

Admission: $5 general public; $4 Wexner Center members, students, and senior citizens

Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Located on N. High St. @ 15th Ave., Call 614-292-3535 for ticket information.

Northern California

Starts Friday, June 7 in San Francisco & San Jose!

San Francisco

Opera Plaza Cinema
601 Van Ness Avenue
Showtimes/Theater info: (415) 352-0810

San Jose:

Towne 3 Theatre
1433 The Alameda
Showtimes/Theater info: (408) 287-1433

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* Community: Hall of Reflections, Berkeley

A writing workshop with D r. Z a r i T a h e r i
for the project Hall of Reflections

Date: Wednesday, June 12th
Time: 7-9 PM Place: Persian Center, Berkeley ( 2029 Durant at Shattuck)

Please RSVP for this Free public event

Join Dr. Taheri and Taraneh Hemami for a two hour workshop focusing on our memories and remembrances of the past and our hopes and goals for our future in this country.Please bring a few personal photographs to be inspired by and write about.

The photographs and writings will be used towards creating "Hall of Reflections", a collective visual archive of the Iranian-American immigrant experience. For more information please visit (check under "Hall of Reflections") or contact taraneh at:

Other Collection dates: Saturday June 15th from 3-6 at Persian Center.

Zahra Taheri was educated in Iran and the United State and received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.She has taught modern Persian language and literature at University of California, Berkeley. Her books of poetry include "Birth" and "First Dawn".

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* Lecture: Responding to the Backlash, New York

Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Ph.D., Director, and Anny Bakalian, Ph.D., Associate Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY, present the results of their research into the role that Middle Eastern, South Asian, and American organizations have played in responding to, coping with, and averting the backlash against Middle Easterners and South Asians as a result of the September 11, 2001, tragedies.

Their research is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Program offered in connection with the exhibition, A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York City, on view through September 1, 2002.

Free with suggested Museum admission contribution.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street,
Tel 212.534.1672, ext. 257.

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* Art: Shirin Neshat events

June 13ÓSeptember 8
Galleries 1, 2, 3

Shirin Neshat is one of a growing crop of contemporary, international artists whose work crosses boundaries of nationality, culture, and artistic medium. Born in Qazvin, Iran, Neshat immigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen to attend the University of California. After twelve years she returned to Iran for the first of several visits and found the country transformed by the Islamic Revolution. Her resulting sense of displacement and exile sparked the creativity from which the pieces in this exhibition arose. Using photography and video, Neshat has produced a body of work that investigates the cultural conflicts resulting from the collision of tradition and modernity in the East and West. Organized by the Musée dăart contemporain de Montréal, this presentation is Neshatăs first major solo exhibition in the United States and features six of her acclaimed video-and-sound installations and a body of related photographic work.

Neshat turned to the media of photography and video in an attempt to investigate the role of women and feminism in Islamic society as well as her own status as a self-imposed artist in exile. She considers herself a "passionate inquirer" who "prefers raising questions as opposed to answering them," and her timely and open meditations have solidified her reputation as a cultural cartographer of the spaces where opposites intersect and seemingly stable boundaries collapse.
In her trilogy of dual projection installations, Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999), and Fervor (2000), Neshat examines gender roles in Islamic society. Each screen is occupied by actors of one sex, but the characters interact across the boundaries of the projection, listening, looking, and sometimes waving to each other. The viewer, seated within these installations, shares their meeting place. In addition to these works, Soliloquy (1999), from the Walkerăs permanent collection, is a reflection on loss, memory, and dislocation. The dual projections of this installation present the artist herself in both the West (filmed in Albany, New York) and the East (filmed in Mardin, Turkey) simultaneously. Pulse (2001) offers a glimpse of the complex interweavings underlying an apparently innocuous situation in which two voices seem to communicate while in Passage (2001), Neshat reflects on nature and culture and the meaning assigned to life and death.

In all of these works, the artist engages in an inquiring but ultimately humanistic investigation into the conflicted nature of contemporary identity in an increasingly globalized world. In Neshatăs own words, she engaged in "universal dialogues while keeping within the specificity of the Islamic culture."


Artist Talk: Shirin Neshat
Thursday, June 13, 7 pm FREE

Artist Shirin Neshat opens her self-titled solo exhibition with a discussion of her photographs, video work, and current performance piece, Logic of the Birds.

World Premiere


ThursdayÓSunday, June 20Ó23, 8 pm
$24 ($20 Walker members)

Exploring the tradition of 12th-century Persian mysticism and its relationship to contemporary Iranian society, acclaimed Iranian visual artist-photographer Shirin Neshat creates her first live performance installation with vocalist Sussan Deyhim, writer Shoja Azari, and cinematographer Ghasam Ebrahimian. Inspired by the writings of Attar, Rumi, and other Sufi poets, Logic of the Birds follows one womanăs flight from the complex realities of her own country and her retreat into an imaginary spiritual world. Featuring the sensuality of Neshatăs cinema, a filmed cast of 100, a live cast of 20, and the otherworldly vocal work of Deyhim, the work blurs the lines between live performance, film, spoken word, and electronic and acoustic sound.

Blythe Staley
Marketing Coordinator
Walker Art Center
Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

ph 612.375.7684
fx 612.375.7618

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* Wanted: Amateur Iranian musicians in the New York

Executive producer Amir Korangy in unison with The bigger Pictures is looking for amateur Iranian musicians in the New York City area interested in being involved in the production of a musical score for an Iranian documentary in the works.

Our music team is primarily looking for traditional string musicians that play the Setar, Tar and Oud, as well as, percussionist on the Tambuk, Zar or Daf. Familiarity and ability to improvise within the Radifs is ideal.

Enthusiasts interested in meeting and playing with others, groups and clubs are all encouraged and welcome. Please e-mail Amir or Mark at or contact Mark at 718-858-1158

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* Theater: Auditions, San Francisco

Golden Thread Productions is holding open auditions for its annual festival of short plays.

10 men and 10 women, various ages. See cast breakdown table below. Very strong parts for women. Stipend, BAPP.

Prepare 2-minute monologue and song (if you sing). Call 510.986.9194 for Appointment.

Sunday, June 9th, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Monday, June 10th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Tuesday, June 11th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

ADDRESS: Theatre Yugen/ Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St. San Francisco.

ReOrient 2002, A Festival of Short Plays Concerning the Middle East

Golden Thread Productions presents its fourth annual festival of short plays written by playwrights from or on themes concerning the Middle East (August 8 ˇ 25, New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco).

The eight plays selected will be presented in two alternating series. Women and War are two common themes in the selections this year.

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* AIDS Walk, Orange County, California

AIDS Walk is a great way for our society to come together for a day filled with food, activities, and fun joining 15,000 women,men, and children in the fight against AIDS.The walk features a 5 Kilometer and 10 Kilometer route.

DATE: Sunday,June 2,2002
LOCATION:University of California, Irvine ( UCI)
SITE: Administration Loop, Chancellor's Rose Garden

For more information :
Zohreh & Ali Shakeri
(949) 770-5626

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* Scholarship: For Muslims in U.S.


The Muslim Scholarship Fund was established in March 2002 to assist Muslim undergraduate students in the pursuit of university degrees in fields in which Muslims are underrepresented. The Muslim Scholarship Fund seeks to cultivate student interest in the designated fields at the pre-collegiate and collegiate levels, and to contribute to the emergence of exceptional young professionals in the relevant career domains. The Fund provides annual "Progressive Muslim Scholarship" awards to needing students based on merit.

FIELDS: Any major in the Humanities & Social Sciences including Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy, and other majors

- One (1) award of $5,000 to one undergraduate student

Application Deadline: June 23, 2002
Award Announced: August 1, 2002 for 2002-2003 Academic Year

The eligible student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Furthermore, he or she must have attended high school in the U.S. or Canada.

Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in a four-year accredited U.S. university. Students must have completed their freshman year by Fall of the year in which the award is received. Entering college freshman are not eligible to apply.

Students must be enrolled in or intend to enroll in a major that addresses the fields designated for the scholarship.

Students applying for the 2002 scholarship must be from a household in which the total combined household income was less than $52,837 in 2001. (calculated from U.S. household income statistics for a typical family of five).

Additional details, MSF contact information and application documents are available for download from the Muslim Scholarship Fundds website:


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* Friends: Deedaar, San Francisco

I am a member of a non profit organization called Deedaar.

Deedaar is a project created by a group of friends in one of the Iranian Communities in San Francisco, Bay Area where we intend to hold informal and "khodemooni" gatherings about once every few months for 2 main reasons: The gathering itself! Just to enjoy being with each other and to charge up our batteries with the wonderful energies of "eshgh-o-safaa"!

Sharareh Tajbakhsh

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* Farsi speakers: Cultural liason, Washington DC


As many of you may know, the Smithsonian Annual Folk Life Festival on the Mall this year focuses on the Silk Road and is in need of Farsi speakers to act as Cultural Liaisons. The Festival runs late June/early July in Washington, DC.

According to the attached description, the Cultural Liaisons' primary focus is to serve as a liaison between the Festival staff and the artists who have been flown in from abroad. Since Cultural Liaisons are supposed to live at the hotel which houses the artists and be with them throughout the day, this is an opportunity that is most suitable for someone who is in between jobs/consulting assignments, retired, or eschews full-time work for volunteer work. Cultural Liaisons do receive a modest stipend.

I am told that there is a critical shortage of Farsi speakers to act as Cultural Liaisons for this important event. If you would like to pursue this or have a friend that would be interested, please email the resume to Indrani de Silva by e-mail ( or by fax (202.275.1119).



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