This October, please join the Afghan Coalition and our colleagues for
the Global Knowledge Conference: Afghan and Iranian Diaspora Cultures
and Communities in the Bay Area. The event will take place
Thursday-Saturday, October 22 – 24.
Location: Biella Room, Library & Music Building 1055
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542
$35 through Oct. 15
$50 at the door (space permitting)
Campus parking $7 per day
The Conference Agenda
I. Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m., Biella Room, University Library
Reception, art exhibition, and short documentary and discussion
II. Friday, Oct. 23, 3-8:30 p.m. Music Building 1055
Plenary, "Framing the Afghan and Iranian Diasporas," will feature
Farid Younos, CSUEB lecturer and radio and TV commentator, a welcome
by CSUEB President Mohammad Qayoumi, keynote address by Alam Payind,
director of the Ohio State University Middle East Studies Center,
poetry and dance, and a buffet of Afghan foods.
III. Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:15-6:30 p.m., Music Building 1055
Plenary: "1979 – 30 Years Hence" will feature Fatemeh Keshavarz,
author of "Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than 'Lolita' in Tehran,"
sessions on "Community Research in the Local Afghan Diaspora" and
"Social Activism in Iranian Diaspora," Personal and Immigration
Narratives, roundtable discussion on "New Directions in Afghan and
Iranian Scholarship," and a Closing Plenary, plus a buffet of Iranian
foods, and both Afghan and Iranian sweets.
Afghan Coalition Executive Director Rona Popal will be presenting
along with Parvin Ahmadi, assistant superintendent of the Fremont
Unified School District; Nushi Safinya, director of Studies for
International and Multilingual Students at St. Mary's College; and
Vida Samiian, dean of the CSU Fresno College of Arts and Humanities.
The conference will lead off with a reception, art exhibition, short
documentary and discussion from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Biella Room of
the University Library. Yuko Kurahashi of the School of Theatre and
Dance at Kent State University will present her short documentary on
the making of "Beyond the Mirror," a theatrical performance by the
Bond Street Theatre of New York and the Emile Theatre of Kabul, and a
discussion will follow.
The conference opening plenary at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Music Building
1055 will bring together Farid Younos and Nushi Safinya on "Framing
the Afghan and Iranian Diasporas," with Diedre Badejo, dean of the
CSUEB College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, moderating.
Najia Karim will set the stage for dinner and a short Iranian dance
performance by reading Afghan poetry. Later, CSUEB President Mohammad
Qayoumi will introduce Payind's keynote address.
The conference will resume on Oct. 24 with the plenary, "1979 – 30
Years Hence," with two parallel sessions on "Community Research in
the Local Afghan Diaspora" and "Social Activism in Iranian Diaspora."
Sessions will highlight personal immigration narratives by Abubakr
Asadulla, M.D., of the CSUEB Student Health Center, Sahar Haghighat, a
CSUEB graduate student. The sessions will be followed by a roundtable
discussion on "New Directions in Afghan and Iranian Scholarship" and a
The conference is co-sponsored by the Afghan Coalition; the California
State University; Fresno College of Arts and Humanities; Zale Video
and Film; CSUEB Associated Students Inc.; Balkh Bakery & Deli; and
Nushi Safinya, Director, Studies for International and Multilingual
Students, St. Mary's College.
To register, send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and
a check for $35 per person, payable to CSUEB CLASS, to:
Global Knowledge Conference
CLASS, MB1501, CSUEB,
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542.
Conference information and updates are at:
CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable
accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor a minimum of
two weeks in advance at 510-885-3183 if accommodation is needed.
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