SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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CONTACT:  Santa Monica High School

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 6, 2006

 

Santa Monica High School Hosts A Cultural Celebration

           

Santa Monica High School and UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies are hosting a celebration of Persian culture to be held on Sunday, September 10th, from 4-6pm in Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus.

           

For the past three years, Santa Monica High School has sponsored a “One School, One Book” reading program.  The purpose of the program is to have the entire school read the same novel over the summer in an effort to create a community of learning and communication.  This year, all students are reading Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas.  It is the memoir of a young girl being raised in both Iran and the United States. 

           

Our celebration will include an introduction to Persian culture and literature by Professor Firoozeh Papan-Martin, a demonstration of traditional Persian santur and tombak music by Manoocher Sadeghi and Mehrdad Arabifard, and a concert of contemporary electronic improvisation accompanying traditional Persian violin music by Shahrokh Yadegari and Keyavash Nourai. The event is free and the public is welcome.

 

SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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