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Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora Conference
San Jose State Univerity
San Jose, CA
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Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora Conference

"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.


San Jose State Univerity (View)
One washington Square
San Jose, CA 95112
United States




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