Chicago, Invitation to Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism Conference


Chicago, Invitation to Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism Conference 1SSZ-2010 Conference – Chicago
The Mission of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) is to revive the tradition of learning and scholarship within the Zarathushti community among Athornans and Behdins alike, and to promote interaction among academicians, theologians (priests), educationists, lay scholars and practitioners of Zoroastrianism through conferences, publications and roundtable discussions.
At this SSZ-2010 conference, presenters will be coming from Mumbai, Norway, Florida, Los Angeles, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Houston and Chicago.
All community members, students and scholars are invited and encouraged to participate to support scholarship and religious education, at the academic as well as community level.
Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago proudly hosts the 2010 Conference of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) and Zoroastrianism-101

Supported by
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA) and World Zoroastrian Organization (WZO) at the Arbab Rustom Guiv Darbe Mehr,
8615 Meadowbrook Drive,
Burr Ridge, IL 60527,
June 25 – 28, 2010

PROGRAM (may be subject to change)
Friday, June 25, 7:00 pm
Welcome Dinner and Shah Nameh Night to commemorate the 1000th anniversary year of Firdausi. Avesta Pahlavi scholar Er. Parvez Bajan will give recitations from Shah Nameh and talk about the Life and Times of Firdausi. Saturday June 26th, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Breakfast at 9:00 am Morning Session Dr. Pallan Ichaporia (University of Mainz) – Enigmatic verses in Behram Yasht; Viambura Demons with their Devilish Rituals Er. Soli Dastur (Florida) – Fravardin Yasht Michael Stausberg (Norway) – TBD.

Brigadier Er. Behram and Zenobia Panthaki (Washington) – Soldiering with Zoroastrian Values Lunch Afternoon Session Kayomarsh Mehta and the Adult Study Class (Chicago) – Understanding the components of the Jashan Ceremony and participation by the laity. Cyrus Rivetna (Chicago) Atash Kadehs in North America.
Kaemerz Dotiwalla (Houston) – Trials and Tribulations on the Establishment of the First Consecrated Dar-E-Meher in the Western World. From Dream to Reality.
Er. Parvez Bajan (Mumbai) – Demonstration of consecration ceremonies for an Atash Kadeh with visuals by Er. Soli Dastur and explanation by Dr.
Pallan Ichaporia.
Bepsy Bajan (Mumbai) – Demonstration of preparation of food items for liturgies.
Sunday, June 27th, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Breakfast at 9:00 am
Morning Session
Jenny Rose (Stanford University) – Zoroastrians in Iran.
Daraius M. Bharucha (Toronto) – The Religion of early Achemenians;
Mazdayasnis or not?
Keki R. Bhote (Chicago) – Forgotten role the Parthian Empire played in recovering the glory of Zoroastrianism.
Shireen Havewala (Washington, DC) – The Fate of our Faith: “The future of Zoroastrian priests in days to come.†Lunch Afternoon Session Spitaman Tata (Rockford) – Thoughts on Gathas. Dastur Dr. Kersey H. Antia (High Priest of Chicago) – Did Zarathushtra really adopt Assyrian Beliefs as claimed by some Assyriologists?
Er. Parvez Bajan (Mumbai) – Kiss-e-Sanjan; The story of exodus of the Parsis from the Iranian Plateau to the shores of India.
Open Discussion with Panelists Monday June 27th, 9 am – 12 noon Roundtable Dialogue with scholars and interested community members.

Cost. $7 for Friday dinner and $12 per day for Saturday and Sunday (including breakfast, lunch and tea) There is no charge for Monday. Please RSVP
by June 15 to Dinaz Weber (630-830 3430, For program information contact Pallan Ichaporia (610-589 5419,,
Rohinton Rivetna (630-325 5383, _rivetna@aol.com_ ( ) or Kayomarsh Mehta (630-654 8828, _kayomehta@aol.com_ ( ) and visit _www.s-s-z.org_ ( .
[Persons/Associations interested in the mission and vision of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism, are invited to host future Conferences in their areas. SSZ will provide assistance as needed.]


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