Davood N. Rahni has served as the professor of analytical chemistry and the former (int.) associate provost for academic affairs at Pace University New York since the mid 80’s. Prolifically written several hundred manuscripts, essays, and a recent book, Bio-imaging in Neurodegenerations, he has also held adjunct professorships in Environmental Law at Pace School of Law, and in dermatology at New York Medical College. As a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Denmark, he has held visiting professorships at the universities of Oxford, Rome and Florence. His main passion, however, is to learn and share his perspectives on the history, culture, and current affairs of Iran and the Iranians in diaspora.



Houra Yavari is in the Editorial Board of the Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University, and a Consulting Editor on Modern Persian Fiction to the Encyclopaedia Iranica. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine perceptions of the self in a wide range of literary sources from classical to modern, and has published extensively on topics in psychoanalysis and Persian literature. Her recent publications include: Karim Emami On Modern Iranian Culture, Literature and Art, edited, New York, 2014; Modernity & Persian Fiction: A Literary Perspective, Tehran, 2009; Living in the Mirror: A Literary Perspective (Tehran, 2005), and Psychoanalysis and Literature in Iran: Two Texts, Two Selves, Two Worlds (Tehran, 1995). She is a regular contributor to the Encyclopaedia Iranica.



Sepideh Raissadat is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto and her dissertation focuses on the Lives of Female Singers in Iran. Her approach is deeply related to her personal experience as a professional singer. She studied Persian classical music with renowned masters Parisa, Parviz Meshkatian and Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, and is considered as a key figure in the new generation of classical Persian vocalists.