Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm, I will have a lecture and rug making video presentation at the Californian State University Northridge here in Los Angeles. I had a lecture there last year and they wanted me to have another speech this year. I will mostly talk about Persian rug, its history, how it is made, who the weavers are, and how these weavers are trained. There are 15 universities in Iran which offer Persian carpet as a major and grant Associate of Arts and Bachelor's degree in four different related fields such as weaving, dyeing, designing and repair. There are roughly 5,000 university students in Iran who study Persian carpet. Many of them are very smart students who will replace the existing generation in Persian rug industry.
California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of nearly 34,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. As you explore the university's web site, you will find ample evidence of Cal State Northridge's commitment to the educational and professional goals of students, and its extensive service to the community.
It is always good to talk to students specially university students who will be the leaders of the tomorrow. Through education, we can change the world and can have a better and brighter future. We can teach these young but smart and sharp students how to appreciate art and culture and by doing this we can soften their frustration, anger and how they view life and the world. I am already excited for tomorrow's event.