Tehrangeles stands at the ready
Acting director of Iranian Studies at UCLA M. Rahim Shayegan (from the left) talks to fellow panel members entrepreneur and philanthropist Sharon Nazarian, writer and activist Amir Soltani, and Shiva Falsafi, a lecturer in the women's studies at UCLA who moderated the discussion.
What would a Persian Spring mean for Los Angeles, with its hundreds of thousands of Iranian exiles?
A lot, according to a panel of Iranian Americans who participated in a panel discussion, moderated by Shiva Falsafi, a lawyer and UCLA women’s studies lecturer, and sponsored by UCLA and Zocalo. The event was held Thursday (June 7) at the Fowler Museum.
For one thing, Iranian Americans must forge close, deep connections to one another and to Iranians in Iran and around the world so that they can be ready to rebuild their home country if and when the Iranian regime falls, the participants agreed.
The panel at the Zócalo/UCLA event included the acting director of Iranian Studies at UCLA M. Rahim Shayegan, writer and activist Amir Soltani, and entrepreneur and philanthropist Sharon S. Nazarian.
“What Would a Persian Spring Mean for Los Angeles?” surveyed the state of the diverse Iranian community of some 700,000 people in L.A., home to the largest Iranian community outside of Iran.