Autumn 2004 (12.3)
New Faces / New Places
Azerbaijanis in Iran
A symposium entitled
"Azerbaijanis in Iran: Facts and Perspectives" will
take place on October 15-17, 2004, at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The three-day event is being organized by the Azerbaijani American
Cultural and Educational Foundation (AACEF) to focus on issues
related to Azerbaijanis in Iran, where an estimated 25 to 30
million Azerbaijanis live.
The event coincides on campus with the Annual Conference of the
Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). This symposium-the first
of its kind-will be conducted entirely in Azeri.
Keynote speakers include Javad Heyat, Editor of Valiq Journal
(Tehran), who will speak about the Development of the Azerbaijani
Language this Past Century, and Reza Baraheni, internationally
known poet and former President of PEN Canada.
Samad Sardarinia of Tabriz will discuss the topic "Contemporary
History of Azerbaijan". Tadeusz Swietochowski of Monmouth
College (New York) is slated to speak about "One Nation,
Other speakers include Rahim Raisnia (University of Tabriz):
"The Role of Azerbaijani Intellectuals in the Contemporary
History of Iran", Zia Sadral-Ashrafi (France): "Historical
Facts and Realities", Alireza Sarrafi (Tabriz): "Status
of Azerbaijani Universities: Academic Standards and Shortcomings,
Past and Present", and Shahyar Daneshgar: "Portrayal
of Azerbaijanis in Iranian Media: Psychological and Social Impacts".
Panels are being organized on the following topics: Language
and Literature; Culture and the Fine Arts; Linguistic and Orthographic
Irregularity and Diversities: Standardization of the Azerbaijani
Language in Iran; Ethnic and National Rights of Azerbaijanis
in Iran; Internationalizing the Plight of the People in Iran.
The Silk Road Ensemble will perform on Saturday and Sunday, October
16 and 17. For more details, visit: AACEF.org
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