IAAB 2007: Opening Remarks

Executive cofounders introduce the organization. There are 250 registered conference attendees this year; the massive conference room is about 75% full.

The NYU Persian Cultural Society is co-hosting (many thanks to them for hooking us up with Internet access); the president of the organization, Shaheen, is half-Asian, half-Iranian.

Sheena, conference project manager, says the “conference’s purpose is to provide deeper understanding and opportunities for collaboration… over the course of the next two days, over 30 speakers will present on a wide range of issues related to Iranians around the world.” There are two main themes this weekend:

1. The formation of a uniquely exilic culture; a diasporic identity.
2. Challenges that face our community and attestation to the fact that the community is making progress