October 2, 2009

Battle Over Persepolis Antiquities

Panel with Stanford’s World Association of International Studies & Friends of Persepolis Fortification Archive Project (PFAP)


For three years NIAC has been working extensively with Matthew Stolper of the University of Chicago through legal, media and policy avenues to preserve the tablets. Please join us and other Iranian-American organizations on October 11 to raise awareness about the plight of the Persepolis artifacts.

Cases are pending in Federal District Court in Chicago and Boston concerning disputes between plaintiff-victims and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Depending on the outcome, priceless ancient Persian artifacts in museums in Illinois and Massachusetts may be dismantled and sold at auction. While the victims’ families have a right to reparations, auctioning pieces of our Persian history is not the answer.
Date:Sunday, October 11, 2009
Time:4:00PM – 9:00PM
Location:Four Seasons Hotel
Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto
Tickets: Couple $75
Single $50
Academia $30
Student $15
Spots are filling quickly! So reserve your ticket today by emailing: [email protected] 

Pre-Event Talk

 4:00 – 5:00       Matthew Stolper

Cracking the Code: using language to unlock ancient history

[Professor Stolper will read and translate portions of Cyrus Cylinder in this section.]  




PFAP ‘09 Event  

5:30 – 5:45:Welcome & Overview

5:45 – 6:15 Matthew Stolper

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project: Preserving the Legacy of the Achaemenid Persians

6:15 – 6:45 Nema Milaninia

Overview of Legal Issues and Latest Legislative Developments

6:45 – 7:00      Glenn Schwartz

Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange: An Archaeologist’s Perspective

7:00 – 7:30       Break & Light Refreshments

7:30 – 8:45       Roundtable Discussion moderated by Richard Saller, Dean of Humanities &        Sciences, Stanford University

8:45 – 9:00      Concluding Remarks

9:00 – 10:00    No-host bar


Matthew W. Stolper

Head of Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Nema Milaninia


Iranian American Bar Association (IABA)

Glenn Schwartz

Professor of Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University

Member of Archaeological Institute of America

Roundtable Discussion  

Moderated by: Richard Saller

Dean of Humanities & Sciences

Stanford University

Partial List of Roundtable Participants in alphabetical order  

Mitra Ara, Founding Director, Persian Cultural Heritage Studies (PCHS)

San Francisco State University

Touraj Daryaee, Professor of the History of Iran and the Persianate World

University of California, Irvine

Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor Museum

Babak Hoghooghi, Executive Director, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)

Fredun Hojabri, Former Academic Vice-President of Sharif (Aryamehr) University of Technology

Gita Kashani, Board Member, National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

Ali Mousavi, Assistant Curator of Ancient Iranian & Near Eastern Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Member of Academic Committee of Farhang Foundation

Martin Schwartz, Professor of Iranian Studies, University of California, Berkeley


The event information is subject to change.
Please check http://www.pavasta.com/aboutthescribe/savethedate.html for updates prior to October 11th, 2009.

Those of you who cannot attend this event in person, please consider making a gift to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project through the Oriental Institute’s Website:https://oi.uchicago.edu/getinvolved/donate/  You may use the Electronic Gift Form or print and fax or mail the Paper Gift Form.  Gifts to the PFA Project are tax deductible under applicable rules.  For tax information and other giving options, please contact the Oriental Institute directly.

Thanks to all of you for supporting this event.  We look forward to seeing you on October 11th!




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