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Author Saïdeh Pakravan Evokes Iran, the Art World In Her Books

By Darius KadivarSaïdeh Pakravan, the award-winning fiction and non-fiction author, was born in Iran to a French-speaking family that included generations of successful diplomats and high-ranking bureaucrats. She is the granddaughter of another Iranian author, the highly regarded historian Emineh Pakravan, who wrote Le Prince Sans Histoire (Prix Rivarol, 1951).

Leading the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics: Interview with Dr. Babak Kateb

By Peyman Pejman
Earlier this month, the historic Millennium Baltimore Hotel in Los Angeles witnessed the 14th annual “Gathering for Cure,” a star-studded science-themed gala organized by the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT) and the World Brain Mapping Foundation.

Struggling to Learn or Teach Farsi? Mona Kiani’s ‘Finglisi’ Books Could Be The Solution

Mona Kiani, an Iranian-Australian who wanted her young son to learn Persian, has written the "Englisi Farsi User Guide", a book for children that avoids the need to master the Persian alphabet.

An Iranian in Malta: Artist Lida Sherafatmand is a Campaigner for Peace

Malta is not the most obvious destination for an Iranian emigre family. Yet that's where Lida Sherafatmand moved to with her parents and siblings, a decade or so after the Revolution.

Emmy Award Winner Ramita Navai Produces Powerful New Film on Post-ISIS Iraq

News programs are dominated these days by reports that the Islamic State, or ISIS, has been chased out of this or that stretch of Iraqi territory. Logically, that should mean an end to atrocities and human-rights violations.

Showcasing the Positive Contribution of Iranian-Americans: An Interview with Pirooz Parvarandeh

By Peyman Pejman
The Iranian-American Contributions Project [https://ia-cp.org], led by the non-profit organization of the same name, is the brainchild of Pirooz Parvarandeh, an engineering and information technology specialist.

Women’s Empowerment Series, Honoring Haleh Esfandiari, Launches at Wilson Center

By Peyman Pejman
The Haleh Esfandiari Forum at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. is a series of public events focused on women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Learning Farsi in L.A.: UCLA Opens Cultural Doors for the Children of Iranian Emigres

By Julie Ershadi
The campus at the University of California, Los Angeles hardly stirs after dark on a week night. Yet during those times, it is host to a quiet cultural phenomenon.
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L.A. Celebrates Nowruz in Style As 25,000 Gather on UCLA Campus

By Julie Ershadi
For the ninth year in a row, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization - the Farhang Foundation - brought together this city’s massive Iranian community to celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on campus at the University of California, Los Angeles.

All About Nowruz: The Persian New Year

Nowruz marks the start of a New Year for over 300 million people around the world – foremost among them the people of Iran, for whom it is the most important festive occasion of the year, embodying a wealth of ancient rites and customs.