Conference ::.. "IRAN - THE EMERGING CHALLENGE IN MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES" Sunday, March 25, 2007 in LA By Tel Aviv University -
Los Angeles, CA 90067
This program is open to the public
To RSVP or further inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Susan Sysler, Tel Aviv University : American Council
Phone: (310) 553-5232 / E-mail: email@example.com
Our Heartfelt Appreciation is extended to the Conference Sponsors
DAVID & LAURA MERAGE
SESSION I: Iranian Jews Managing the Difference
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Welcome greetings: Laura Merage
Chair: Homa Sarshar, Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History, Los Angeles
Representation of Jewish Iranian Life in Gina Barkhordar Nahai's Narratives
Nasrin Rahimieh, University of California , Irvine
Religious Impurity and the Role of Irans Jewry as Safe-Keepers of Classical Persian Music
Houman Sarshar, Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History, Los Angeles
Holocaust Denial Iranian Style: The Ideological and Political Dimensions
Meir Litvak, Tel Aviv University
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SESSION II: The Domestic Scene Religion, Society and Power
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chair: Elham Gheytanchi, Santa Monica College
Religious Tolerance and Persecution in Iran : Historical and Current Perspectives
Mohammad Amini, Los Angeles
"Guardians of New Spaces": Home and Exile in the Memoirs of Iranian Women
Liora Hendelman-Baavur, Tel Aviv University
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
SESSION III: The Iranian Enigma Confronting the Challenge
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Chair: David Menashri, Tel Aviv University
Whither Iran ? The Ahmadinejad Factor
David Menashri, Tel Aviv University
Iranian Domestic Politics and Consequences for the Nuclear Debate
Abbas Milani, Stanford University
Reason for Hope: Iran 's Fundamental Weaknesses and the West's Abiding Strength
Patrick Clawson, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran has attracted the interest of scholars, policy-makers and the media worldwide. It has led to dramatic changes in the Iranian domestic landscape and has a far reaching influence on the region and beyond. Ever since, Iran continues to play a pivotal role in the various conflicts roiling the Middle East - including the recent Lebanon war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and struggle in Iraq . Its nuclear ambitions and fiery anti-Israel declarations are dominating the headlines and raising concerns as well.
To promote knowledge and deepen the understanding of this country, Tel Aviv University inaugurated in 1997 the first endowed chair in Israel for Iranian studies. In 2005 Tel Aviv University was also the first in Israel to inaugurate a Center for Iranian Studies.
The CIS is dedicated to advancing research on Iran and Iranian Jewry, training a new generation of specialists in the field, and disseminating its accumulating knowledge among academic circles, decision makers and the general public. These activities are enhanced by conferences, lectures and workshops in Israel and internationally.
Following the conference series initiated by the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History and with its close collaboration, the CIS decided to hold its first international convention in Los Angeles .
We are proud to acknowledge the following initiatives affiliated with CIS:
Parviz & Pouran Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies
Jamshid & Malihe Kashfi Project through the Iranian American Jewish Federation
The Centers cofounders:
Lord David Alliance
David and Laura Merage