May 2018 Announcement

Update July 18, 2018: Friends, please note that the cancelations for the 2018 Conference ended July 15, 2018. No more cancelations will be processed at this time.


Only a handful of months are left until the Twenty Eighth Annual Conference of the Association of the Friends of Persian Culture.  The conference will commence in the evening of Thursday, August 30th and will continue till late evening on Sunday, September 2nd 2018.  As always the main theme of the conference is “Glimpses of Persian Culture” with a sub-theme of “Order, Justice and Ethics: Pillars of a New Society”.

The names of distinguished speakers presenting at this year’s conference are: Dr Shapour Rassekh, Dr Behrouz Afagh, Dr Payam Akhavan, Dr Abbas Amanat, Mrs. Shohreh Assemi, Dr Roya Boroumand, Dr Jane Lewisohn, Dr May Khadem, Dr Arash Naraghi, Dr Behrouz Sabet, Dr Saghar Sadeghian and Dr Nader Saeidi. 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.

Simultaneous translation:

Please note that the association offers simultaneous translation of the main conference programs from Persian into English language. Attendees who are not familiar with Persian language, especially youth and young professionals, can benefit from this service by using their cell phone and downloading the Beonair app.  English sessions for young adults, youth and junior youth as well as classes for children ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-10 are all in English language.

How to register for the conference:

  1. Register on line by going to, 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: $146 per night plus tax.

Hyatt Place, Schaumburg(877) 574-7260, Rate: $129 per night plus tax. Included: Breakfast and Shuttle service. Rate valid until August 17th, 2018.

Holiday Inn Express – (847) 259-6600, Rate: $107 per night plus tax.  Included: Breakfast and Shuttle service. Rate valid until August 17th, 2018.

Residence Inn by Marriott-(847) 517-9200, Rate: $139 per night plus tax. Included: Breakfast. Rate valid until August 15th, 2018.

Springhill Suites by Marriott-(847) 995-1500, Rate: $139 per night plus tax. Included: Breakfast. Rate valid until August 15th, 2018.

Wyndham Garden Schaumburg-(847) 397-1500, Rate: $99 for 1 King, $119 for 2 Double per night plus tax. 10 minute Walking distance to the Renaissance. Included: Breakfast, Shuttle service. Rate valid until August 17th, 2018.


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

We look forward to welcoming you all at this year’s conference!


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