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A Panel on Peace: Navigating Identity in the Iranian Diaspora

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melintz Hall, Royce Hall 314,

Hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts and scholars discussing their experiences in the Iranian-American community and their ideas for bringing our community closer to our shared goal of unity and tolerance despite ethnic and religious differences.

Dr. Farid Holakouee is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Beverly Hills. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. He is the host of the talk show “In Session with Dr. Farid Holakouee” on Radio Hamrah.



Dr. Benjamin Radd is a lecturer in political science, global studies, public affairs, and communications at UCLA. Dr. Radd is an expert on government and politics in the Middle East, particularly Iran, U.S. foreign policy, and comparative law. He is also a research fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development and he is a member of the UCLA International Institute. Dr. Radd holds a PhD (Political Science, 2015) from …..UCLA and a JD (2003) from Stanford Law School.


Dr. Nooshin Jahangiri chose to be a doctor as she was inspired by the role of the physicians in the community. She finished her medical training at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and attended the residency program at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. She has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2011. Additionally, she is part of the California Zoroastrian Center Core Education Group.



Dr. Nader Saiedi was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, he became the Taslimi Foundation Professor of Baha’i Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.



Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh is a curriculum developer and instructional faculty member at USC’s Center for Race and Equity and UCLA’s Department of Sociology. Dr. Valizadeh’s teaching background and areas of research and expertise include: diversity and inclusion and issues of gender and racial equity in education. She has an MBA in Finance and is on the Advisory Board of Peace Over Violence, a social service agency dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence. Dr. Valizadeh is a spoken word performer who strongly believes in the power of music and art to                                                   promote peace and social change.


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November 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Melintz Hall, Royce Hall 314