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AIAP July Hike

  • Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 7:30am - 10am
    Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve

    AIAP July Hike will be at Torrey Pines. This hike is…

25th IWSF Conference

Posted by Admin AIAP, Sunday, June 29th, 2014 @ 7:14pm

Annual Picnic

  • Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at 12pm - 6pm
    Location: Bonita Cove Park, 1100 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA, 92109

    Location on the Map Look for the gazebo and sign-in

    Lots of…

    • 33 people attended

Natasha Behnam, a PHD student in psychology would like you to participate in her survey.

Posted by Admin AIAP, Sunday, June 15th, 2014 @ 2:55pm

  • This is what she says:

    Hello, Firstly, I would like to extend a big Salam from Los Angeles! My name is Natasha Behnam and I am currently receiving my PhD in psychology. As a budding clinician I am interested in better understand Iranian culture and dedicating time and energy to improving our communities. Did you know that divorce in the Persian community (Western countries) is 52%?! That is more than the national average! I am conducting my dissertation on Iranian relationships and wanted to get a sample that was as representative as possible. I was hoping that you could pass my survey on to members of your community. It takes about 20-30 minutes and upon finishing it participants can enter to win a $75 Visa gift card.

    Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

    I truly appreciate your time!



Psychology and Violence: A Discussion on how People Become Warlike

  • Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 6pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

    About this Talk (In English): 
    Psychologists have long held that…

    • 20 people attended

AIAP June Hike - Palm Spring, San Jacinto Peak

  • Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at 6:45am - 8pm
    Location: Palm Springs - San Jacinto Peak

    • 1 person attended

حق حیات و کیفر مرگ در ایران , دانشگاه یو سی ال ای ، لوس آنجلس - آمریکا

Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 @ 7:47pm

  • تاریخ    :  3 و 4 خرداد 1393 برابر یا 24 و 25 ماه می 2014 

    ساعت به وقت لوس آنجلس: 2 بعدازطهر تا 10 شب

     پخش زنده 


    سایت انجمن پژوهشگران ایران 

    شنبه 3 خرداد 1393 24 می 2014 

    14:00  افتتاحیه 

    رویا کاشفی – سرپرست کمیته حقوق بشر انجمن پژوهشگران ایران 

    سناتور رابرت بادینتر – وزیر دادگستری فرانسه 1981 – 1986 (که موفق به لغو اعدام در فرانسه شد) 

    مهندس کورش زعیم – پیام از ایران 

    دکتر محمد ملکی – پیام از ایران 

    دکتر هرمیداس باوند – پیام از ایران 

    دکترحسین لاجوردی – رئیس انجمن پژوهشگران ایران  


    15:00  نگاهی تطبیقی به کیفر مرگ در امریکا و ایران 

    مدیر جلسه: رویا کاشفی – بهمن فتحی 


    آنا زامورا – مدیر سیاست گذاری مبارزه با اعدام - اتحادیه امریکایی آزادیهای مدنی         (شمال کالفرنیا) 

    دکتر اریک برونسون – استاد دانشگاه و استاد و مدیر برنامه عدالت کیفری دانشگاه لامار – تگزاس 

    ثریا بونِس -– نماینده     ‘Reprieve’      بخش خاورمیانه و شمال آفریقا 

    16:15              تنفس 


    16:30  حقوق بشر: حق حیات و کیفر مرگ در ایران  

    مدیر جلسه: دکتر نیره توحیدی – استاد دانشگاه 


    پیام به کنفرانس: نازنین افشین جم – بنیانگذار و مدیر سازمان "نوجوانان را اعدام نکنید" 

    مری آپیک – هنرمند و فعال حقوق بشر- نقش، وظیفه و مسئولیت هنرمندان در مبارزه با کیفر مرگ 

    مینا احدی – کمیته بین المللی علیه اعدام – روند اعدام و شرایط نگداری زندانیان محکوم به مرگ در ایران 

    الهه امانی – مدافع و کنشگر برابری جنسیتی و حقوق بشر – شرایط زندان زنان 

    ساقی قهرمان - مدیر سازمان دگرباشان جنسی ایرانی – ایرکو – نگاهی به وضعیت دگرباشان جنسی در ایران  

    پرتو نوری علا – شاعر، نویسنده عضو کانون نویسندگان ایران          - مادران پارک لاله 

    پیام از ایران

An Advocacy Effort for Accurate Portrayal of Persian History in Schools

Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Thursday, May 15th, 2014 @ 12:04am

  • History Advocates is sponsoring the following petition: 

    Ancient Persian History in California Schools

    To learn about this initiative:

    This initiative is driven by the desire to bring about the kind of change in the history curriculum taught in schools across the country that better prepares all students to understand and engage in events of national and international significance. To achieve this end history must be taught in a manner that is free from bias and based on the most recent scholarship.

    to read more click here.


Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 @ 11:27pm

  • Iranian STudent Association (ISTA) at UCSD in collaboration with Child Foundationproudly present Child Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration followed by screening of the award winning movie “The Sound of my Foot”. Please come and join us to celebrate and watch an amazing movie. Looking forward to seeing you on May 18th.

    Sunday May 18, 2014 5:00pm – 7:00pm

    Center Hall #105

    University of California, San Diego

    9500 Gilman Drive, San Diego, CA 92093

    (See Map)

    Parking is free at the Gilman Parking Structure at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Russell Drive.

     (See Map)

    Admission: The event is free and open to public.

Monthly hike: Iron Mountain in Poway

  • Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 7:30am - 10:30am
    Location: Iron Mountain in Poway

    AIAP May Hike will be at Iron Mountain-Poway on May 18, 2014. The mountain core is…

    • 2 people attended


Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Friday, May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:50pm

  • The next IALSN meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. This event is canceled due to fire in San Diego.

    To register for the event, please visit IALSN website at and sign up through the Eventbirte.
    The speaker will be Dr. Kamyar Hedayat, who is the president of the American Society of Endobiogenic Medicine and Integrative Medicine, and medical director of Full Spectrum Health Center for Integrative Medicine. The title of his talk is:

CLASSRoad upcoming professional development opportunity

Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Thursday, May 1st, 2014 @ 12:47am

AIAP and PCC present the memorial of Ostad Mohamad Reza Lotfi, the iconic Iranian musician

  • Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Qualcomm Q-Auditorium: 6455 Lusk Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

    This event is in lieu of AIAP's regular meetings which would have been held on…

Recruiting for the position of Executive Director of Farhang Foundation

Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Thursday, April 17th, 2014 @ 10:30pm

  • Farhang is one of the leading NGOs dedicated to celebrating, promoting, studying and researching Iranian art, culture and history for the benefit of the community at large. Farhang is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit foundation.

     More information about the main responsibilities of the Executive Director is included below:
    -Collaborate with the board to develop a vision for how to achieve the organization’s goals better
    -Spearhead implementation of programs that are approved
    -Be a hands-on, resourceful executer, that helps the organization develop to new heights
    -Organize and lead a core team of full-time staff and a large number of volunteers so that they can contribute to the organization’s goals
    -Be the point-person for communication/marketing /PR efforts

     The links to the organization’s annual report and the full position description for the role:
    Annual Report

    Job Description

    Please have any interested parties email

Meeting at Rep. Peters's office in San Diego to support diplomacy with Iran

  • Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Rep. Peters' San Diego office, 4350 Executive Dr Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92121


Monthly Hike - San Marcos Twin Peaks

  • Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at 7:30am - 11:30am
    Location: San Marcos Twin Peaks

    AIAP April hike will be at San Marcos Twin Peaks. This is a moderate, very nice…

    • 1 person attended

درسهایی که از اسلام سیاسی آموخته‌ایم

  • Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Qualcomm Q-Auditorium: 6455 Lusk Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

    By: Dr. Mohsen Kadivar

    6-7 pm: Dinner

    Dinner Menu: Pomegranate Glazed…

Survey (Iranian Media Sources)/ The young Iranian researcher is conducting a survey for her Ph.D. in Communications at Texas, and she needs your help in her survey.

Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Thursday, March 27th, 2014 @ 11:02pm

  • This is what she says:

    My name is Mehrnaz Rahimi, a PhD student in Media and Communications at the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.

    If you are Iranian or an Iranian-American who is living in Southern California, my advisor, Dr. Kent Wilkinson, and I would like to ask you to participate in a research study regarding media use and the strength of community ties. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Texas Tech University. Research participation is completely confidential. We will not be able to identify you individually, and we will not ask for your name or any other personal information. Please feel free to skip any questions you are not comfortable answering. You may quit at any time by closing the browser window. It should not take more than 15 minutes to answer the questions.

    Please click on the following link if you are interested to participate.

    For more information please contact Dr. Kent Wilkinson at or (806)-834-0199 or Mehrnaz Rahimi at or (806)-789-6697.

Sizdah Bedar celebration with the collaboration of AIAP, PCC, and House of Iran

  • Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 1pm - 6pm
    Location: NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road San Diego, CA 92106

    Music by DJ Julius.
    Persian food will be for sale…


Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ 7:39pm

  • April 12 through May 14, 2014

    At Tara Gallery

    Located at 1202 Montana Ave., Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Los Angeles, CA –March 17, 2014 – Tara Gallery is proud to featureNature in Abstraction, a rare and notable exhibition of contemporary paintings by Mostafa Dashti, a prominent Iranian artist who lives and works in Iran. His exceptional landscapes will be featured in the States for the first time thanks to the charitable efforts of the Tara Gallery located in Santa Monica and dedicated to importing and cultivating art from Iran. 

    The exhibition will run from April 12 through May 14, 2014 at Tara Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. There are many other exceptional pieces in this exhibition, which reflect the texture of the artist's homeland as he perceives it. While Dashti himself is unable to visit the U.S, his work resonates on a global scale attracting audiences from all over the world, including legendary German artist, Karl Schlamminger:

    “There is something magic about Mostafa Dashti's work. It is as if he had dashed fragments of dreams onto the canvas: Fragmented moments of despair. Tumbling backwards into tsunamis, tornados or glowing streams of lava he loses himself in the spiral nebulae. Dashti grabs his motifs from these tempests and tosses them as after-images into the paintings. They are not imitations but real. They are a photographic blink of the eye. What we see are seascapes and cloudscapes, ripped open horizons, faint and dramatic, distant and close fogs, as if it only could be like this. These paintings seem to be cameraless photographs processed in Dashti's head: developed, washed and fixed in the bath of time.”


    Sponsored by the American Foundation of Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA), Tara Gallery is a charitable art gallery with focus on contemporary Iranian art. It is located at 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403; phone: 310.489.2417; hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mondays by appointment.For more information on the exhibit call 310.489.2417 or visit All pieces are available for purchase and proceeds will benefit AFCIA, a 501(c) (3) organization. A portion of all purchases are tax deductible.


    Homa Taraji is the director of Tara Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Monica, primarily representing Iranian art.She has been a curator of contemporary Iranian art in the United States since 2002 and has organized several successful exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Boston. She has established working relationships with art galleries, collectors, and a broad range of artists whose work she represents in the U.S. Taraji is co-founder and president of the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA) (, a non-profit organization for promotion of contemporary Iranian art in the U.S.In parallel with arts, Taraji is a senior engineer at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, where she develops and manages domestic and international customers for space systems technology. 
    Prior to Aerospace, Taraji was the Manager of Information Systems at the Getty Museum. Before that, she held the position of IT Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Management Consulting. She was with General Electric Information Services as a project manager of financial applications in New York and Los Angeles. She started her career as a software engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena working on Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn. Homa Taraji holds a B.S. degree in Physics and an M.S. in Electronics from Tehran University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. She has been the recipient of NASA Group Achievement Award, Goddard Trophy, Milstar Recognition Award, and GE technical awards.


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