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Upcoming Volleyball Competition between the USA and Iran

Posted by Admin AIAP, Thursday, July 31st, 2014 @ 10:55pm

  • USA Volleyball Contact: B.J. Hoeptner Evans, Communications Manager

    Historic match-up between USA and Iran to promote friendship between the nations.


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 30, 2014) – The Islamic Republic of Iran is coming to America to play volleyball for the first time.

    The four friendly matches between the United States and Iran will promote good relations between the countries, but both teams will be fighting to come out on top of the men’s USA Volleyball Cup. Both Iran and America will be trying to gain an edge in the upcoming World Championships this August and September in Poland, where the two countries will share the same preliminary group.

    Both teams are currently on the rise. The world’s top 28 teams competed in the FIVB World League Final on July 20 in Florence, Italy. The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball team won and Iran finished fourth, beating world #1 Brazil along the way.

    The USA Volleyball Cup is the domestic showcase for the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams. It pits them against the best competition in the world each year here in America. The U.S. women defeated world No. 1 Brazil in four straight matches in Southern California and Hawaii in the women’s USA Volleyball Cup in July.

    The upcoming mens competition between the USA and Iran is as follows:


            On Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California.

            On Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center.

            On Aug. 15, 7 p.m. at San Diego State University.

            On Aug. 16, they will face each other at 6 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA – subject to the venue being ready for competition after the serious flooding on July 29 due to a broken nearby water main.

    Among the U.S.A. players to watch will be Olympic gold medalists David Lee and Sean Rooney, Olympian Matt Anderson, and World League MVP Taylor Sander. Among the Iranian players to watch are Mir Saied Marouflakrani, who is the team captain and was named Best Setter of the FIVB World League. Other exceptional players include outside hitter Shahram Mahmoudi and middle blocker Mohammad Seyed, who were the team’s top scorers in the World League final round.

    The U.S. men are ranked No. 4 in the world while Iran is ranked No. 11, but is the two-time Asian zonal champion. Last November, the U.S. Men lost to Iran at the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup, 28-26, 19-25, 19-25, 27-25, 18-16. The United States has a 2-1 record against Iran since 1980.

    “We are now watching Iran closely as their program seems to go from strength to strength,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach John Speraw. “We can only benefit from playing this strong team. They have incredible depth and pose a real threat to us in the upcoming World Championships. This will be a real test for us.”

Celebrating Persian Female Vocalists Sepideh Raissadat

Posted by Admin AIAP, Thursday, July 17th, 2014 @ 8:53pm

Logotherapy: Coping with depression and other anxiety disorders

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

    Logotherapy: Coping with depression and other anxiety disorders
    By Dr. Manoochehr Khatami…

    • 23 people attended

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…

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