List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2005-04-23

    Iranian Diaspora Conference

    Washington DC Saturday - April 23, 2005     08:00 AM

    IAAB Opens Registration for Second Annual International Conference on the
    Iranian Diaspora

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2005 ? Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)
    announced last week the schedule and opening of online registration for its
    2005 Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, to be held April 23-24, 2005 at the
    University of Maryland, College Park.

    The conference, which will be hosted by the Iranian Students? Foundation of
    the University of Maryland and sponsored by the University?s Center for
    Persian Studies, will bring together scholars, journalists, politicians,
    artists, young professionals, activists, lawyers, NGO leaders, and students
    from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Iran to address
    issues relating to the international Iranian diaspora community.

    Building on the stimulating discussions and pivotal issues raised during the
    2004 International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, the 2005 Conference
    presentations will address questions such as: How do we express, and thus
    reconcile, our immigrant experiences in our new societies? What issues do we
    face as hyphenated Iranians in a post-September 11th world, and what are we
    doing about the infringements placed upon our civil liberties? In what ways are
    members of the second-generation acting as a bridge between Iran and the Western
    societies in which they now live? What issues does the second-generation face in
    terms of sexuality, gender relations, dating/marriage, and ethno-religious
    identity? How important is (and should be) the knowledge of the Persian
    language for the second-generation? How do we fit and place ourselves on
    America?s political map?

    Additionally, the conference will be enriched by an on-going art exhibit
    displaying works by members of the diaspora, and performances by members of the
    Iranian-American community. On Saturday night, highly-acclaimed comedian Maz
    Jobrani will perform at Dream Nightclub in Washington, D.C., followed by a band
    and D.J. performance. This event is open to all conference participants as well
    as to the Washington, D.C. community at large. Tickets for this event will be
    sold separately.

    To find more information, registration forms, and a complete schedule of
    speakers and events, please visit IAAB's website at or contact us at . All are encouraged to attend, but please
    note that registration is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Contact: Amy Malek, Director of PR, IAAB
    Iranian Alliances Across Borders
    7764 Brandeis Way
    Springfield, VA 22153

    From: Amy Malek (
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