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2018 Symposium
June 2, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Open to the public

We thank all of you who attended this year's symposium! It was a great success!

As a part of the Foundation outreach to the community Esperanza was a proud sponser the Fifth Annual Spring Symposium at the Whitehawk Community Center, Whitehawk Ranch, Clio, California.

Our presentations this year focussed on two topics:

What is Happening in Iran Today
Presented by Dr. Nader Saiedi.

Is Life Worth Living?
Presented by Hooper Dunbar, Actor, Painter, Lecturer


9:00am Introducton

9:10 - 10:15 What is Happening in Iran Today

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:45 Is Life Worth Living?


Nader Saiedi, Ph.D.

Dr. Nader Saiedi, will speak on the current situation in Iran.

Dr. 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. For over 25 years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became the Taslimi Foundation Professor of Baha'i Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.

His interests include the social thought of Nietzsche, Habermas, Veblen, and Sorokin; social theories of the medieval Middle East; Middle Eastern response to modernity; and comparative political economy of state formation in the Middle East.

Hooper Dunbar

Mr. Dunbar was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. He worked as an actor on stage and screen, making films with Columbia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Twentieth Century-Fox studios, and was a member of the Screen Actors' Guild of America. In 1958, he left Hollywood to take up residence in Central and South America, where he taught arts and English as a second language, and set up a graphic design business. After 50 years abroad, Los Angeles born painter Hooper C. Dunbar has resettled in Granite Bay, California. His extensive range of work is represented in numerous private collections, principally in New York, London, Hong Kong, Verona and Sydney His paintings have been exhibited by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Manhattan, the United Nations Offices of the Baha'i International Community, NY, the executive offices of SOHO China in Beijing and ART Silicon Valley. He divides his time between private studios in California and Spain

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