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May 4 - 31, 2002

There will be a unique exhibition of the crative works of 15 Iranian artists of Southern California who have come together to share their most recent artisitic achievements in a historical event tht launches the unity of the extraordinary vitality of these individuals.

Orlando Gallery
18376 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 705-5368



Lili Afshar in San Francisco

May 5, 2002, 3-5:30 pm
Marin League of the San Francisco Symphony

Classical Guitar Music with Lily Afshar: The program will include works of European, Latin American and Persian Composers

Wattis Room, Davies Symphony Hall (directions)
Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

$50 per person ($30 tax-deductible)

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Vivaldi Concerto


Babak and Pedram Falsafi 

San Jose Museum of Art

June 9,  2002

At 2:00 P. M.



Documentary on Forough Farrokhzad

San Francisco Film Festival

At the San Francisco International  Film Festival (April 18 - May 2) a documentary about Forough Farrokhzad was one of the films that attracted many audience.  It included interviews with contemporary poets and friends of Forough's, as well as extensive interviews with her mother, sister and brother. The film also contained the ethereal footage that Bertolucci shot of her in Iran in the 60's, as well as segments of her incredible film The house is black, the documentary she made at a leper colony.



Dr. Abbas Milani's speech on "Axis of Evil"

Prof. Abbas Milani, Chair, Department of History and Political Sicence, Notre Dame de Namur University,  talked at a meeting of the Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council on Thursday, April 18 on the subject: Iran and the "Axis of Evil:" US-Iranian Relations and the Problem of Democracy.

Professor Milani argued that President Bush's designation of Iran as a charter member of the "Axis of Evil" may have consequences for the US that the administration has niether foreseen nor intended. He reviewed briefly the early history of US involvement in Iran, with particular attention to American policy during the critical last days of the Shah. He talked at greater length the shifting positions towards Iran during the Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush presidencies, and concluded with an anlysis of the conflicting political and social forces at work in Iran today.

Abbas Milani, a native of Iran, was a professor at Tehran University's Faculty of Law and Political Sicence until 1986. He is the author of numerous articles and books on modern Iranian politics and culture. His latest book, "The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution," was cited as Book of the Year by Deutsche Radio.



Sharif University of Iran ranks 18th at ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Sharif
University of Iran stood 18th at the 26th Annual ACM-ICPC World Finals. Also, Amir Kabir University of
Iran received "Honorable Mention." The contest was held from March 20-24, 2002 in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Two teams from Iran participated in the finals: Sharif University of Technology

Ramtin Khosravi, Coach
Ehsan Foroughi Mohammad Toossi
Roozbeh Pournader

Amir Kabir University of Technology

Mohammad Kazem Akbari, Coach
Arash Rahimi
Babak Behsaz
Hamideh Vosoughpour

Sharif managed to defeat Caltech, Cornell,Chicago, UT
Austin, Tokyo,and UCSD and earn the 18th title.



Mohammad Ali Dolatshahi's Exhibition at Sheraton, N.J.

An exhibition of Mohammad Dolatshahi's excellent works debued on March 2002 by the graduates of Shiraz University of the United States in the Sheraton Hotel of New Jersey.  In this exhibitition 21 of his watercolor paintings maily about traditional and national subjects especially the lack of freedom of Iranian women were outstanding and attracted much admiration.  There was also a painting about the sept. 11 which draw the attention of hundreds of visitors each day.