March 23, 2011, Houston, TX – According to Iranian American comedian K-Von, Iranian parents want their kids to grow up to be “doctors and engineers.” In the Passing the Torch of Success event held at Houston’s Rice University, a group of Iranian American speakers showed the Houston community that Iranians do have a knack for finding success regardless of the field they choose to pursue.
March 23, 2011, Washington, D.C.– Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, has sent a holiday greeting to Iranian Americans celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year festival.
In a statement released by the Democratic Leader’s office on March 18th, Pelosi praised Iranian Americans for their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society, and extended her best wishes for a joyous celebration. “Iranian Americans have achieved so much – succeeding in business, politics and academia; making extraordinary strides in law and medicine; leaving an indelible mark on our culture and our heritage,” said Pelosi. “It is a tribute to our nation’s deep-seated belief in diversity and pluralism that so many Iranian families came to the United States seeking a life free from persecution; in reaching our shores, they strengthened our country.”
March 23, 2011, New York, NY – Did you know that young people who participate in the arts for at least nine hours a week and for at least one full year are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement? Arts Education Advocate, Sahar Javedani, knows this statistic and is hoping to bring more awareness to Arts Education Programs – both through her work as a choreographer and administrator and by advocating for arts education nationally.
New York-based Javedani, Director of Educational Programming at Pentacle (Danceworks, Inc.) and Artistic Director of compani javedani, was recently elected to the Arts Education Council of the Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts.
March 23, 2011, Los Angeles, CA – The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theater, Film, and Television (TFT) is establishing a new scholarship program for an aspiring Iranian student interested in earning a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Directing. The scholarship includes tuition, room & board, a living stipend, and the production cost of student films for the entire four-year program.
“Iran has a long and prestigious history of creating great cinema,” explained Peter Heller, Executive Director of Development and Industry Relations, UCLA TFT. “We believe that helping a new generation of Iranian filmmakers to learn their craft in America could foster cross-cultural understanding between our two nations.