Join the Aftab Committee and the Persian Program at George Washington University for a panel discussion on the intersection of art, identity, and the Iranian-American community's role in America's future.
Adrienne Mahsa Varikani, Associate Editor at ThinkProgress.
Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani is an Associate Editor at ThinkProgress, a progressive news organization based in Washington, D.C. Before joining the team at ThinkProgress, she served as an editor at Muftah Magazine and worked with the next generation of the Iranian American community at the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA). Mahsa received her master of science in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University in Washington, D.C.
Maybe Jairan Sadeghi, multi-disciplinary artist.
Maybe Jairan Sadeghi is a multi-disciplinary artist. Working in essentially analog media, they use the [largely] unintentional aesthetics of scientific enterprise as their conceptual starting point to create drawings, paintings, sculpture, and installations. Sadeghi is drawn to the visual systems and conventions used by scientists and technologists to collect, convey, and assign value to information. They use illustrator’s mediums, ceramics, and other implements to render abstract and symbolic forms, treating the act of portraiture in its broadest sense, drawing tension between the abstruse symbolism of science and the inevitability of human fingerprints.
Jessica Emami, Graduate Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
George Mason University.
Jessica Emami is a graduate lecturer for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She received her B.S. in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland University College, and an M.A. in Sociology from the Catholic University of America. Under the mentorship of Dr. James C. Witte, her graduate studies focus on the political participation of immigrants, particularly Iranian-Americans, immigration studies. She is currently the lead graduate research assistant for the American Sociological Association on a project funded by the National Science Foundation which tracks the outcomes of underrepresented minorities in higher education.
Persis Karim, Iranian-American diaspora scholar, Professor and Poet.
Since 1999, she has been a professor of literature and creative writing at San Jose State University (SJSU), where she teaches world literature, comparative literature and American literature, as well as courses in creative writing. She also directs the Persian Studies program and coordinates the Middle East Studies program at SJSU. As an early pioneer of Iranian-American literature, she has helped foster an appreciation for the emerging literature of the Iranian diaspora. She has authored numerous articles on Iranian diaspora literature for academic publications such as Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, and Iranian Studies. She is contributing author and editor of three anthologies of literature: Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers (2013), Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora (2006) both published by the University of Arkansas Press. She is also co-editor of A World Between: Poems Short Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans (George Braziller, Inc., 1999).