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PAAIA’s IA-100 Retreat
Iranian Americans:
Caught in the Crossfire

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October 19-21, 2018
The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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The strained state of U.S. – Iran relations, threats to domestic civil liberties, and the divisive debate over immigration are particularly concerning subjects to Iranian Americans. But, these issues are also central to the national agenda. This retreat brings together the diverse voices of Iranian American immigrants, American-born entrepreneurs, public servants, activists, and artists as they discuss the Iranian American experience and provide insight into immigration, social life, and the perennial fight for equality and inclusion.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1539010959719{padding-top: 20px !important;}”]

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Schedule

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Friday, October 19th

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5:30pm – 7:00pm   |   Welcome Dinner   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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7:00pm   |   Shuttle to The Lot   |   Meet in the Lobby

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8:00pm   |   Screening of “Simple Wedding”   |   The Lot Cinema

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5:30pm – 7:00pm

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Welcome Dinner
(featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks, & meal)

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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7:00pm

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Shuttle to The Lot
(please be on time)

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Meet in the Lobby

 

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8:00pm

 

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Screening of “Simple Wedding
(light fare & discussion w/ actors following film)

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The Lot Cinema in La Jolla, CA

 

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Saturday, October 20th

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8:00am – 9:00am   |   Breakfast   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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9:00am – 10:30am   |   Keynote Speaker Jake Sullivan   |   The Lodge

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10:30am – 11:30am   |   In the Shadow of the Travel Ban   |   The Lodge

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11:30am – 11:45am   |   Coffee Break   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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11:45am – 12:00pm   |   PAAIA’s 2018 Activities   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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12:00pm – 1:00pm   |   What’s Next for Iran?   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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1:00pm – 2:00pm   |   Lunch   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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2:00pm – 2:45pm   |   Q&A w/ Rep. Scott Peters   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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2:45pm – 3:15pm   |   Iranian American Legal Defense Fund   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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3:15pm – 4:15pm   |   Iranian American Identity   |   The Lodge

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6:30pm – 7:00pm   |   Shuttle to Dinner   |   Meet in the Lobby

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7:00pm   |   Dinner Reception (cocktail attire)   |   Tayebi Residence

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8:00am – 9:00am

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Breakfast

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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9:00am – 10:30am

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Keynote Speaker Jake Sullivan

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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10:30am – 11:30am

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In the Shadow of the Travel Ban

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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11:30am – 11:45am

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Coffee Break

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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11:45am – 12:00pm

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PAAIA’S 2018 Activities

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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12:00pm – 1:00pm

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What’s Next for Iran?

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Lunch

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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2:00pm – 2:45pm

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Q&A with Rep. Scott Peters

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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2:45pm – 3:15pm

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Iranian American Legal Defense Fund

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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3:15pm – 4:15pm

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Iranian American Identity

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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6:30pm – 7:00pm

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Shuttle to Dinner

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Meet in the Lobby

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7:00pm

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Dinner Reception (cocktail attire)

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Tayebi Residence

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Sunday, October 21st

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8:00am    |   Breakfast   |   The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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8:00am

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Breakfast

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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Simple Wedding

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When a young Persian woman falls in love with an American artist, she struggles to overcome
generational and cultural divides, which threaten to ruin her relationship.

SOLD OUT

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Featuring a post-film discussion with Director Sara Zandieh, Producer Ray Moheet, and Actress Tara Grammy.

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Director: Sara Zandieh

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Editor: Annie Guidice

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Cinematography: Ziv Berkovich

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Rating: Not yet rated, most likely PG-13

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Producer: Ray Moheet & Norman Aladjem
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Runtime: 88 minutes

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Director: Sara Zandieh
Editor: Annie Guidice
Producer: Ray Moheet & Norman Aladjem
Cinematography: Ziv Berkovich
Rating: Not yet rated, most likely PG-13
Runtime: 88 minutes

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Cast: Tara Grammy, Christopher O’Shea, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Houshang Touzie, Rita Wilson, Maz Jobrani, James Eckhouse, Peter Mackenzie, Jaleh Modjallal, Rebecca Henderson, Aleque Reid, Keon Alexander, James Hatanaka, and more.

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Synopsis: Nousha Husseini is under pressure to marry the perfect Persian husband by her Persian family. But the plans are derailed when she falls in love with Alex Talbot, an eccentric American artist. When her traditional Muslim parents discover the two living together, they insist they get married. Leading up to the wedding, cultures crash, families collide, and the couple’s relationship is tested.

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Keynote & Featured Speaker

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Is There Safe Passage Through the Crossfire? 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][vc_column_text]We have entered into uncharted territory. All the assumptions we have taken for granted over the last 70 years about the international world order – globalization, international alliances, free trade, even democracy – are being reset by the Trump administration. Domestically, there is a wave of resentment against the establishment as the “American Dream” is increasingly out of reach for large segments of the population. Is what we are witnessing an aberration or a new, secular trend? What are the implications of this changing world order? What are possible scenarios about the future of US foreign policy in general and US-Iran relations in particular? What are the likely pathways bridging 2018 and 2020 in terms of the outcome of the midterm elections? We will explore these questions in this plenary session with Jake Sullivan and seek insights on whether there is safe passage through the crossfire.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34389″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1539622504666{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Keynote Speaker

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Jake Sullivan

Foreign Policy Expert & National Security Adviser

Jake Sullivan is a Martin R. Flug Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Sullivan served in the Obama administration as National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He helped lead the diplomacy that paved the way for the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015.  Following his service in government, he was the Policy Director on Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Sullivan also serves as Co-Chair of National Security Action, a leading national security advocacy organization.

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Moderator

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Hamid Biglari

Global Co-Head of the Central Liquidity Group, Point72 Asset Management

Hamid Biglari is an internationally-recognized finance executive and entrepreneur. He is currently a senior executive at Point72 Asset Management, one of the world’s major hedge funds, where his focus is on the novel applications of advanced data analytics to financial markets. Between 2000 and 2013, Dr. Biglari held several senior executive positions within Citigroup, including Head of Emerging Markets and Vice Chairman of Citicorp. Prior to Citi, he acted as Co-Head of McKinsey & Company’s Global Investment Banking Consulting Practice. Before that he was a theoretical nuclear physicist at Princeton University.

Dr. Biglari has spoken in many international fora on global economic issues and also published several essays on Iran’s economy in Foreign Affairs.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a Trustee of the Asia Society and sits on the Advisory Board of the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. He was previously a member of the US-China Business Council. Dr. Biglari is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given for outstanding contributions by immigrants to the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University.

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Representative Scott Peters (D-CA)

Scott Peters is the U.S. Representative for California’s 52nd congressional district.  He serves on the House Committees on Energy & Commerce and Veterans’ Affairs.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2012, Peters spent fifteen years as an environmental lawyer.  He was then elected to the San Diego City Council where he later became the City’s first city Council President.  In 2001, Peters was appointed to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy and in 2002 he was appointed to the California Coastal Commission.  He later served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District.

Peters graduated from Duke University (magna cum laude) and then worked as an economist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  He then obtained a law degree from New York University School of Law.

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Haida Mojedhi

Attorney

Haida Mojedhi is an attorney and philanthropist. Following service as Press/Policy Liaison at the Office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, she served as an aide to Congressman Scott Peters of the 52nd Congressional District in San Diego. Haida earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Communication and a minor in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego and subsequently her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. A community activist for more than 20 years, she now serves on the boards of Project Concern International, Outside the Lens, and the International Society of Children with Cancer. She was also one of the founders of Iranian American Scholarship Fund in San Diego and the Chapter Chair of PAAIA (Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans). She left Iran on the eve of the Revolution while in high school and now resides with her husband and two children in La Jolla, California.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator border_width=”2″ el_width=”70″ css=”.vc_custom_1534449391717{padding-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Presentations & Panels

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In the Shadow of the Travel Ban: Stuck Between Democratic Liberties and National Security

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Travel Ban has recently intensified the explosive debate over U.S. immigration policy and is sure to have a ripple effect in other communities. This panel discusses the risks and challenges of the Travel Ban vis-à-vis the basic rights of all Americans. How can legal protection against profiling, discrimination and harassment be guaranteed in a constitutional democracy under the mantle of national security? How will the courts respond to the need to protect both society and fundamental democratic values of our political process? How do we scrutinize claims of “pressing public necessity” as justification for curtailing fundamental liberties.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34520″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539104569991{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536958923814{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Panelist

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Floyd Mori

President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Floyd Mori is the President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). Previously, Mori served as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).  He was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR).  He served four years as National President and four years as a National Vice President of the JACL.

Mori was elected in 1972 to the city council for Pleasanton, California, where he served as Mayor ProTem and later as Mayor.  He was also elected to the California State Assembly and served for six years as an Assemblyman.  He was the Director of the Office of International Trade in California and worked extensively with Asian American groups and organizations. He has been an International business consultant and president of Mori-Silva International for many years. Mori has been a consultant in government relations and served as the Utah Trade Representative to Japan. He has been part owner of a golf business and is an avid golfer, having served as president of the board of Alpine Country Club in Utah. He served on the Utah Governor’s Asian Advisory Board and Small Business Administration Advisory Committee.  He is currently a member of the Diversity Council for Comcast NBCU and is on the board of the Independent Voters Project.

He has received a number of awards including an Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award from OCA, the Community Leadership Award from APAICS, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Award from the Government of Japan.  He has volunteered with political groups, youth sports, inner city projects, and church work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34521″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539104758709{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536958923814{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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Babak Yousefzadeh

President, Iranian American Bar Association (IABA)

Babak Yousefzadeh is the President of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) and partner at Sheppard Mullin, LLC in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He attended the University of California, Davis for his Bachelor’s degree, the University of San Francisco for his law degree, and NYU School of Law for his Master’s in law degree.

 Mr. Yousefzadeh represents employers in a full range of employment law matters, with a focus on litigation and class actions. Mr. Yousefzadeh also specializes in litigation avoidance counseling. His experience includes advising and litigation on matters involving all forms of discrimination, harassment, retaliation issues; breach of contract disputes; wrongful termination claims; wage and hour issues; independent contractor status; workplace investigations; discipline; grievance; workplace violence; Labor Code violations; and other statutory and contractual obligations. He is experienced with single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action proceedings, and practices in both state and federal bodies, in all applicable forums.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34523″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539105081491{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536958923814{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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Afsheen John Radsan

Professor of Law, Former Assistant General Counsel, CIA

Radsan received his Bachelors from Duke University and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Radsan worked as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and later as assistant general counsel for the CIA. Radsan has extensive experience working with laws that affect the Iranian American community. Radsan is a founding member of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) and ran the Iran Commercial Initiative for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1991-2001. He is now serving as a law professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is an expert on legal issues relating to National Security.

 His combination of law enforcement experience, intelligence community experience, and Middle Eastern origins makes him unique within the legal academy. He is often quoted by the local and national media.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34573″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539703545902{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1539104460266{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Moderator

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Scheherazade Sherry Bahrambeygui

President, The Price Group, LLC, Vice Chairperson, Price Charities 

Ms. Bahrambeygui is an independent board director of PriceSmart Inc., a publicly-traded, international retail company having served as Vice Chairman, Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Executive, Governance, Nominations and Real Estate Committees. Ms. Bahrambeygui is Chief Executive Officer of PS Ivanhoe, LLC, a commercial real estate company, and is senior managing executive of The Price Group, LLC She is also active in philanthropy, serving on multiple non-profit boards and is Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of Price Philanthropies FoundationMs. Bahrambeygui began practicing law in 1993 with a focus on complex international corporate and business mattersemployment & compensation and health care law.  With her husband, she co-founded Hosey & Bahrambeygui, LLP, in 1999.  She is a frequent lecturer, has testified before a senate subcommittee on health care reform, and her work has been featured in several national publications and on 20/20.  Ms. Bahrambeygui has received multiple awards, including the American Association of Justice’s Sharp Award for Public Justice in 1999 (Washington D.C.), and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2014. She was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2015 and is a Board Member of PAAIA/IA-100 in Washington DC. Ms. Bahrambeygui was born in Detroit, Michigan, resides in La Jolla, California and has twin sons in college.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Protecting our Community: Role of an Iranian American Legal Defense Fund

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the aftermath of the Travel Ban, it became clear that Iranian Americans are increasingly becoming targets of discriminatory policies. Civil Rights attorney, Cyrus Mehri, the lead counsel in the first Iranian American organizational case against the Travel Ban, explains the ongoing challenges to our community’s civil rights and the need to establish an Iranian American Legal Defense Fund (IALDF) to protect the rights of Iranian Americans for generations to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34525″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539105477637{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1539105350266{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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Cyrus Mehri

Partner, Mehri & Skalet

Cyrus Mehri is a founding partner of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC. He litigates cases involving discrimination, civil and consumer rights, and corporate fraud. He has led and co-led some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in U.S. history, such as Roberts v. Texaco Inc. which resulted in a $176 million award for discrimination and Ingram v. The Coca-Cola Company, which resulted in a $192 million settlement to dramatically reform employment and promotion practices at Coke. Mr. Mehri has launched a number of projects aimed at systematically remedying discrimination, improving opportunities, and bettering corporate behavior, such as the “Women on Wall Street” project which seeks to end discrimination against women in financial institutions. Mr. Mehri graduated from Cornell Law School in 1988, where he served as Articles Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. He clerked for the Honorable John T. Nixon, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Mehri serves on the advisory boards of the Cornell Law School, the Peggy Browning Fund and Farmworkers Justice, and on the judicial nominations committees for the American Constitution Society and the National Employment Lawyers Association.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

What’s Next for Iran?

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How does Iran plan to confront ongoing protests, described by some as an uprising, while attempting to resolve the very issues that threaten the ruling regime? Could the economic protests in Iran be a sign the regime is at a tipping point? Considering the Trump administration’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement, resulting in heightened sanctions and the expectation of “enormous change” from the Iranian regime, what are the stakes at hand in the months ahead for Tehran?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34526″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539105681234{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536958923814{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech University

Djavad Salehi‐Isfahani received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania till 1984, before moving to Virginia Tech, where he is currently Professor of Economics. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Global Economy and Development, the Brookings Institution, and Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo.

He has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, and Princeton University. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, the Middle East Economic Association, the International Iranian Economic Association, and as Associate Editor of the Middle East Development Journal.

His current research is on economic inequality and economics of the family in the Middle East and Iran. His opinion pieces have appeared in Al Monitor, Brookings, Foreign Affairs, LA Times, New York Times, and Project Syndicate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34527″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539105904476{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536958923814{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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Farideh Farhi

Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Farideh Farhi is an Independent Scholar and Affiliate Graduate Faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught comparative politics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Hawai’i, University of Tehran, and Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran. Her publications include States and Urban-Based Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua (University of Illinois Press),Power and Change in Iran: Politics of  Contention and Conciliation (co-edited with Daniel Brumberg, University of Indiana Press) and numerous articles and book chapters on comparative analyses of revolutions and Iranian politics and foreign policy. She has been  a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Crisis Group. 

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Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Professor of Political Science and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University. Dr. Boroujerdi’s research centers on intellectual and political history of modern Iran. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism (1996), I Carved, Worshiped and Shattered: Essays on Iranian Politics and Identity [in Persian] (2010), and Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook(Syracuse University Press, 2018). He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in English and Persian and edited Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft (2013).

Dr. Boroujerdi has been a Fellow of the American Council on Education, a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and a visiting scholar at UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies. In addition, he has served as the editor of the Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East book series published by Syracuse University Press (1996-2014), the book review editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (2002-2007), and a principal investigator of the Iran Data Portal. Dr. Boroujerdi has also been a non-resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C (2005-2016), and President of the Association for Iranian Studies (2012-2014).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34529″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539106146519{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1539107321819{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Moderator

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Ali Gheissari

Professor of History, University of San Diego

Ali Gheissari teaches history at the University of San Diego. He studied law and political science at Tehran University and history at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and has written extensively on the intellectual history and politics of modern Iran. Professor Gheissari is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Iranian Studies and is on the editorial board of Iran Studies book series published by Brill. He also serves on the board of directors of the Persian Heritage Foundation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Iranian American Identity: Representation & Self-representation

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Iranian Americans define themselves as an American community that maintains a sense of Iranian-ness in all aspects of daily life. How do different generations reconcile their blended identity in the context of U.S. – Iran relations as portrayed by the media? How do we represent ourselves through art and literature and how are we represented by others?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34530″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539106689462{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536958923814{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Panelist

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Melissa Etehad

Journalist, LA Times

Los Angeles Times reporter Melissa Etehad is an Iranian American with expertise in foreign news with a particular focus on geopolitics in the Middle East, Iran and U.S. foreign policy. Melissa has also reported extensively on the issue of Iranian-Americans being detained in Iran. Her reporting has taken her to Greece and Jordan where she’s covered the refugee crisis as well as Gaza, Egypt and Israel where she’s written about conflict, war and terrorism.

She received her master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in international affairs and religion from UC San Diego. She previously worked at Al Jazeera English’s investigative documentary series Fault Line, where she was part of the award-winning team that helped produce “America’s War Workers” and  “Deadly Force: Arming America’s Police.” Melissa later worked at the Washington Post’s foreign desk, where she covered the intersections of politics, religion and gender. She’s a native Farsi speaker.

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Panelist

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Nima Fakhrara

Composer

Iranian-born composer, ethnomusicologist, and inventor of musical instruments, Nima Fakhrara is the founder of Zoo Creatives, with studios in Los Angeles and New York City.   His credits include the Sony PlayStation DETROIT BECOME HUMAN, John Stalberg Jr.’s CRYPTO, Toronto Film Festival Official Selection, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (the final film executive produced by Wes Craven), the Los Angeles Film Festival selection CONSUMED (directed by Daryl Wein), the Sundance Film Festival selection THE SIGNAL, GATCHAMAN (directed by Toya Sato and starring Tori Matsuzaka and Ryohei Suzuki), a live action take on the anime series BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, THE PYRAMID (directed by Gregory Levveseur, produced by Alexander Aja), and EXISTS (directed by Eduardo Sanchez).  His international credits include the Japanese TV show called TANTEI NO TANTEI, and the SXSW selection I AM A HERO.   His video game credits include RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 and the 2016 release 1979 REVOLUTION.

Nima’s first experience with music was listening to his uncle play the santour. Influenced by this, he studied that instrument and became well versed in Persian classical music. After moving to the United States, Nima continued his musical studies and attended California State University Northridge where he obtained his degree in composition studies. However, his interest in music was not limited to composition and performance. He studied ethnomusicology, anthropology, and how to construct instruments.  Classically trained with both traditional western and non-western sounds, Nima often sample instruments from around the world.  If he hasn’t found the right sound, he invents new instruments to create the textures and timbres in his mind.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”34532″ img_size=”214×300″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1539107121195{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1539631887231{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Panelist

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Persis Karim

Scholar of Iranian American Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University

Dr. Persis Karim holds the Neda Nobari Endowed Chair and is the director of the newly-established Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University. She is also a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. Prior to coming to San Francisco State University, Dr. Karim was the founding director of Persian Studies at San Jose State University where she taught courses in world and comparative literature, US ethnic and diaspora literature, global studies, film, and Middle East Studies. She also coordinated the Middle East Studies minor program. Her groundbreaking and critical work on literature and culture of the Iranian diaspora, as well as her role in collecting and editing three anthologies of Iranian diaspora literature, have earned her recognition and respect in several fields including literary, diaspora and Iranian studies. She has contributed to the formation of a new field and an accompanying vocabulary for this emerging field; she is regularly invited to speak on Iranian diaspora narratives, storytelling and archive building, and is well-known as a dynamic and innovative collaborator both in and outside academia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1537452219652{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator border_width=”2″ el_width=”70″ css=”.vc_custom_1534449391717{padding-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Hotel Information

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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Room Rate: $345/night

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Donation Total: $500.00

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