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International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora

2012 IAAB International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, Day 1

Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Covel Commons
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This October 13-14, 2012, at UCLA, IAAB will host its 5th International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora.  This year's conference will include panel presentations, workshops and roundtables,  films, and keynote addresses from speakers Professor Hamid Naficy and Noosheen Hashemi.  
The IAAB Conference creates an innovative forum for academics, graduate students, journalists, artists, and community leaders to discuss the development, challenges, and needs of our global community.  The first and biggest program of its kind, presenters will join us from the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America, bringing a truly global perspective to these important conversations. 

Topics to be included in this conference include:
•    Refugees and Asylees: Rights, Challenges, and Advocacy
•    The Impact of the Sanctions on the Iranian American Community
•    The Production of Diasporic Media
•    Race and Profiling
•    Social Services and the Iranian American Community
•    Transnational Activism in and between Iran and the Iranian Diaspora
•    Iranian Community Centers: Lessons Learned, Models, and Challenges
•    The Roles of Iranian Student Organizations: Advocacy vs. Cultural Programming
•    Cultural Production in the Diaspora
•    Storytelling: Oral, Visual, and Multimedia Histories of Iranians in Diaspora

Day 1 Program:

8:30-9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks – Mana Kharrazi (Executive Director, IAAB) & Amy Malek (Conference Director, IAAB/UCLA)

9:10 AM Panel 1 – Education in Diaspora: Pedagogical Questions and Possibilities
Chair/Discussant: Dr. Marjorie Orellana (UCLA)
Ms. Aitak Ajangzad (Columbia University) – “Music Education as a Way of Fostering Linguistic Skills and Cultural Knowledge in Young Children”
Dr. Shirin Vossoughi (Stanford University) – “Cultural Production, Solidarity, and the Arts at Camp Ayandeh and Camp Javan: A Pedagogy of Questions”
Ms. Golnesa AsheghAli (George Mason University) – “Finding Ourselves? Language and Identity in the University Classroom”
Mr. Aria Fani (Iranian School of San Diego) – “Persian as a Heritage Language in the U.S.”

10:35 AM KEYNOTE 1: Ms. Noosheen Hashemi (The HAND Foundation)
Ms. Noosheen Hashemi, President and co-founder of The HAND Foundation, is a philanthropist with a passion for entrepreneurship and economic development.

11:00 AM Panel 2
Iranian Refugees & Asylees: Rights, Challenges, and Advocacy
Chair/Discussant: Ms. Shirin Hakimzadeh (IAAB)
Ms. Niloufar Khonsari (Omid Advocates for Human Rights) – “Iranian Refugees Abroad: Legal Rights and Challenges”
Dr. Omid Tofighian (Univ. of Western Sydney, Australia) – “Iranians continue to be persecuted after fleeing Iran: Australia’s Human Rights Dilemma”
Mr. Adam Cameron (International Rescue Committee, Los Angeles) – “A Brief History of Iranian Refugee Resettlement in the United States”
Mr. Ally Bolour (ORAM) - "Iranian LGBTI Asylees and Refugees"

12:00 PM Lunch

12:45 PM Breakout Sessions: Roundtables & Workshops (Note: all sessions run concurrently in one 45-minute period)

Day 1 Workshops:
Supporting the Rights of Iranian Refugees
Ms. Niloufar Khonsari & Ms. Doreenda Ziba (Omid Advocates for Human Rights)
Mr. Adam Cameron (International Rescue Committee)
Additional participants TBA

What are the Impacts of sanctions on Iranian Americans? (Q&A)
Mr. Ron Meltzer (WilmerHale)

Day 1 Roundtables:
Of Home, Exile, and Other Fictions: Iranian Diaspora Writers’ Roundtable
Ms. Anita Amirrezvani, Dr. Jasmin Darznik, Dr. Persis Karim, Dr. Roger Sedarat, Ms. Sholeh Wolpe

Iranian Community Centers: Lessons Learned, Models, and Challenges
Facilitator: Ms. Sarah Khanghahi
Mr. Ahmad Tabrizi (Founder and President of Parya Trillium Foundation, Toronto), Mr. Ali Sadr (Persian Cultural Center, San Diego), Mr. Mike Kazemi (Network of Iranian American Professionals of Orange County), Additional Participants TBA

The Roles of Iranian Student Organizations: Advocacy vs. Cultural Programming?
Facilitator: Ms. Pardis Bakheshi
Participants: Mr. Shervin Etemad (IAAB), Ms. Halleh Hashtpari (ISG at UCLA), additional participants TBA

1:55 PM Panel 3
Cultural Production in the Iranian Diaspora: Cutting-Edge Practitioners Speak
Chair/Discussant: Ms. Amy Malek (IAAB/UCLA)
Ms. Porochista Khakpour (author)
Mr. Payam Sharifi (artist, co-founder of Slavs & Tatars art collective)
Mr. Ayat Najafi (filmmaker & playwright) – “Identifying with Film-Farsi”

3:20 PM Panel 4
Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Critiques and Dialogs
Chair/Discussant: Dr. Ali Behdad (UCLA)
Mr. Arash Davari (UCLA) – “When Democratic Solidarity Went Abroad: A Study of Formal Interactive Talk in the Iranian Diaspora”
Ms. Beeta Baghoolizadeh (Univ. of Pennsylvania) – “Iranian Racism: its history and the lingering legacy”
Ms. Orly Rahimiyan (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) – "My Homeland, My Diaspora: Iranian Jewish Identity in Modern Times"

4:25 PM Storytelling performance - Ms. Ziba Shirazi, “Lost Identity,” from Story & Song

4:45 PM Panel 5
Storytelling: Oral, Visual, and Multimedia Histories of Iranians in Diaspora
Chair/Discussant: Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh (UC Irvine)
Ms. Homa Sarshar (Journalist & Writer) - "Oral History Projects of Iranians in Diaspora"
Ms. Pardis Shafafi (Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland) – “Romance and Revolution: Narratives of the past by former Iranian communists in Oslo, Norway”
Dr. Bronwen Robertson (London, UK) – “Out of the country, still trapped in the closet: homophobia and the widespread intolerance of sexual diversity in Iran's diaspora communities"

6:00 PM End of Day 1 Conference sessions

Saturday Evening recommended event:
IAAB is pleased to support the Los Angeles debut of Mahmoud -- Tara Gerami’s award-winning one-woman play that took the Toronto and New York Fringe Festivals by storm! IAAB Conference attendees are eligible for discount tickets to the Saturday evening performance. The event will be held at the Santa Monica Playhouse.


Cost :

(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): , Anthropology, Iranian Alliances Across Borders; Dean of Social Sciences

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