EVENT: The University of California, Irvine’s Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture will host the 12th Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, a series of events celebrating Iranian scholarship and culture. The four-day conference will bring together hundreds of experts, students, academic and nonacademic researchers, and aficionados of Iranian studies for a range of panels, artistic performances and film screenings.

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, Aug. 14, through Friday, Aug. 17, at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Plaza (bldg. 711, grid D7 on >campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus_core.pdf), Humanities Gateway (bldg. 611, grid E7), the Humanities Instructional Building (bldg. 610, grid E8) and Krieger Hall (bldg. 600, grid E8)

INFORMATION: Conference only: $50. All access, including concerts: $100. Parking is available in the Mesa Parking Structure (grid C7 on campus map) for $10 per day or $2 per hour. Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu. Conference attendance is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

HIGHLIGHTS: The conference will feature panels on race, class, gender, culture, art, photography, religion, politics, language, human rights, literature and the economy in Iran, as well as an address by the president of the Association for Iranian Studies; an awards ceremony; film screenings; dance performances by Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam; and Persian classical music by the Namad Ensemble. For a full schedule of events, visit https://bit.ly/2NQxrT0.