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Striving for Racial Justice and Unity: the Role of Iranian Americans (Persian Language webinar)

Oct 9, 2021
Striving for Racial Justice and Unity the Role of Iranian Americans

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ایجاد وحدت نژادی یکی از مهم‌ترین آموزه‌های آئین بهائی از بدو پیدایش آن بوده و هست.  در راستای این هدف، و با پیوستگی به نقشه‌های کنونی بیت‌العدل اعظم، انستیتوی ویلمت میزگردی در فضای مجازی و به زبان فارسی برگزار خواهد کرد که در آن اعضای میزگرد، با تخصص‌های متنوع، سه سئوال اساسی را بررسی می‌کنند.  پس از ایراد سخنرانی‌ها از طریق زوم، زمانی برای پاسخ و پرسش شرکت‌کنندگان تخصیص داده شده است.

  1. چرا مسألۀ نژاد در جامعۀ آمریکا تا حد بسیار زیادی حائز اهمیت است؟
  2. دیدگاه آئین بهائی در بارۀ عدالت نژادی و وحدت در ایالات متحده چیست؟  چرا آثار و نوشته‌های بهائی مسألۀ ترک تعصبات نژادی را «حیاتی‌ترین و چالش‌انگیزترین مسأله» برای جامعۀ بهائیان امریکا عنوان می‌کنند؟
  3. نقش «من» در راه ایجاد وحدت نژادی در سطح فردی و اجتماعی چیست؟      

جزئیات بیشتر در اطلاعیۀ جداگانه‌ای که به‌زودی منتشر خواهد شد قابل دسترسی خواهد بود.

Creating racial unity has been one of the most fundamental principles of the Bahá’í Faith from its inception to the present time.  Toward this objective, and in line with the advancement of the current plan, the Wilmette Institute is offering a Webinar in Persian that will explore the following three questions with panelists from various fields.  Following the presentations from the panelists, there will be a live Question and Answer portion on Zoom.

1) Why is the issue of race so important in American society?

2) What is the Bahá’í view about racial justice and unity in the United States? Why do the Bahá’í Writings refer to overcoming racial prejudice as the “Most Vital and Challenging Issue for the American Bahá’í community”?

3) What can I do to start my journey towards building race unity on an individual and collective level?



Farhad Sabetan

Farhad Sabetan teaches Economics and Finance in the Economics and Engineering Departments at California State University, East Bay. He is a spokesperson for the Bahá’í International Community and has lectured and presented in various scholarly forums on Bahá’í-related topics including Ethics and Economics, Human Rights, Non-Violence and Spirituality, and Persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran.


Chitra Golestani

Dr. Chitra Golestani is currently Associate Director of the Wilmette Institute and an Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Humane Education/Antioch University. She also works as an educational consultant, guest lecturer, qualitative researcher, and a co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) at UCLA - an organization committed to social justice education locally and globally. Her areas of interest, lectures and research include Human Rights, Social Justice and Global Citizenship Education, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice, Youth Activism in Extended Education, Conscious Living and Social Action. She holds a PhD in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA and a Master’s in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara.


Arta Monjazeb

Dr. Monjazeb is an Associate Professor of Oncology at UC Davis. He has an M.D. specializing in radiation oncology and a Ph.D. in cancer research. He is an internationally recognized expert in oncology and cancer research and has authored over 80 publications in top scientific journals. He is a leader in the field of immunotherapy which aims to arm the body’s own immune system to fight cancer and he has leadership roles on the National Cancer Institute’s immunotherapy committees. He has served the faith in many roles including as a travel teacher, assistant to auxiliary board, secretary of the area teaching committee, junior youth animator, ruhi tutor, and local spiritual assembly member.


Safineh Tahmassebi (Translator)

Safineh Tahmassebi holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Masters degree in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University.  She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the field of English as a Second Language and training English teachers. Ms. Tahmassebi has presented numerous workshops, papers, and training sessions at a variety of regional and state professional conferences in Cross-Cultural Training, Cultures of the Middle-East, The Role of Economics for Women in Developing Nations, Colonialism in the Middle-East, Teacher Training, Learner Autonomy, Language Testing and Assessment, and the history of California as a culturally homogenous society.   In addition, she is certified in Basic Mediation from the State of California, and volunteers as an onsite/simultaneous interpreter in Farsi and English.

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