May 2017 Conference Announcement

Only a handful of months are left until the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Association of the Friends of Persian Culture.  The conference will commence in the evening of Thursday, August 31st and will continue till late evening on Sunday, September 3rd 2017.  As always the main theme of the conference is “Glimpses of Persian Culture” with a sub-theme of “The Culture of Unity”.

The names of distinguished speakers presenting at this year’s conference are Dr. Shapour Rassekh, Mr. Iradj Pezeshkzad, Dr. Mandana Zandian, Dr. Nader Saiedi, Dr. Farhad Sabetan, Mrs. Nayereh Tohidi, Mr. Hosein Ghazian, Dr. Behrouz Sabet, Ms. Masih Alinejad, and Ms. Shabnam Tolouei. The list of renowned artists performing in the evening programs will soon be posted on our website as well as in our next announcement in the American Bahá'í.

How to register for the conference:

  1. Register online by going to the registration page, fill out the participants’ information and complete the registration process by all major credit cards. (Please note: American Express is not accepted).
  2. Call the office of the association between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, Central Time, at (847)853-7896 or (847)853-7895.


Hotel reservations:

To secure the best rates for the conference participants, the Association has contracts with Renaissance Hotel as well as a number of nearby hotels, names of which are listed below and on the website of the Association.  These listed hotels are the only ones that will offer special rates to the conference participants.  Furthermore, when making your reservation, you must mention that you are attending the Friends of Persian Culture Conference.  All hotels require a one-night deposit with a credit card.  If you decide to cancel a confirmed reservation, you must do it three days / 72 hours in advance of your arrival day, otherwise, all hotels will charge one-night rate plus taxes for late cancellation.

The list of these hotels and their telephone numbers are:

Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg – (847)303-4100, Rate: $144 per night plus tax (SOLD OUT)

Embassy Suites, Schaumburg – (800)362-2779, King bed Suite $125 per night plus tax.  Two double beds Suite $145 per night plus tax. Included: Hot breakfast and afternoon snack. Walking distance to the conference site. Shuttle service when needed.

Holiday Inn Express – (847) 259-6600, $107 per night plus tax.  Included: Breakfast and Shuttle service.

Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows – (847) 259-5000, $107 per night plus tax.  Included: Breakfast and Shuttle service.

Hyatt Place Chicago-Schaumburg - (847) 330-1060, Book by calling the number and mentioning the Association of Friends of Persian Culture Block or clicking here. Complimentary Shuttle to and from the Convention Center. Rate for both King and Double is $99.00 plus tax 

Residence Inn Marriott - (847) 517-9200, 1610 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL. 60173, Rate for both King and Double is $139.00 plus tax. Includes breakfast

SpringHill Suites Marriott - (847) 995-1500, 1550 McConnor Parkway,  Schaumburg, IL. 60173, Rate for both King and Double is $139.00 plus tax. Includes breakfast

For more information, please visit the Associations website frequently or call us at: (847)853-7896 or (847)853-7895, or follow us on Facebook by clicking here.

Looking forward to welcoming you all at this year’s conference.


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