List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-03-05

    "US-Iran Relations: A Hostage's view"

    Bay Area - Peninsula Wednesday - March 5, 2008     06:00 PM

    Guest: Kathryn Koob

    �Kathryn Koob was one of 66 Americans held hostage by Iranian students in Tehran for the 444 days between November 4, 1979 and January 20, 1981�

    �US-Iran Relations: A Hostage's view"

    Wednesday, March 5
    6-7 pm
    Location: Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113

    Closest parking is at the Oval. Look for Lasuen Mall (located to your left, if facing Memorial Church).

    The Folly of Attacking Iran: Time for Real Diplomacy

    Maryland Wednesday - March 5, 2008     07:00 PM

    The nationwide tour featuring Stephen Kinzer, bestselling author of All the Shah’s Men and former New York Times correspondent

    In Baltimore:


    Wednesday March 5th


    Shriver Auditorium

    Johns Hopkins University

    3400 N Charles St.

    Baltimore, MD 21210

    Sufis, Shi‘ites and Shahs: The Great Shrines of Iran 1500-1650

    Atlanta Wednesday - March 5, 2008     07:00 PM

    The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University has organized a special lecture program by Dr. Sheila Canby, Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, The British Museum, on Wednesday March 5th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

    Dr. Canby’s presentation, entitled “Sufis, Shi‘ites and Shahs: The Great Shrines of Iran 1500-1650″, will focus on the Ardabil Shrine and the Shrine of Fatimeh Ma`sumeh in Qum. The Safavids, ruled Iran from 1501 to 1722. A dynasty of Azerbaijani and Kurdish origins, the Safavids declared Shi´a Islam as the official religion of their empire, marking one of the turning points in the history of Islam. Dr. Sheila Canby examines the roles that these shrines played in establishing Shiism as the state religion of Iran and the Safavid rulers as its protectors.

    Sheila Canby, BA, MA, PhD, is an author and curator of Islamic art and antiquities in the Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum. Sheila is also working on the ‘Discover Islamic Art’ website, which includes objects and architecture from collections in the Arab lands on the rim of the Mediterranean and other European countries. Before joining the British Museum in 1991, she worked at the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    This lecture is made possible by the His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States and by the Religion, Society and the Arts Initiative at Emory University.

    For more information and directions visit

    Dastgâh Jam

    California - San Diego Wednesday - March 5, 2008     07:30 PM

    Dastgâh Jam & Banderi

    DORNOB Collective plays untraditional Persian music in the spirit of jazz at Southwestern College.

    Featuring M. Shamshiri on vocals and Dara B. on qanun.

    900 Otay Lakes Road, Room 105 U.


    Wednesday March 5, 7:30 P.M.

    (619) 688-0688
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