● ISG's Past Lecture :
● Speaker: Dr. Foojan Zeine (Personal Growth Institute)
● Date & time: Saturday February 17, 2007 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
● Location: MIT Room 4-231
In this lecture Dr. Zeine identifies categories of Iranian immigrants, psychological process before immigration such as reasons for immigrating, the joy of reaching the fantasy land, the anxiety of making it in the new land, the loss and grief of leaving the land that you were born and raised in. The complications of multiple destination immigration which impacts as if life stops for a while, awaiting another move, and the duality of creating relationships and losing them again vs. keeping isolated until the next move happens. Difficulties of assimilation in the new culture, learning the new language, new way of living day to day, being completely dependent on others. She also explores the effects of immigration on family dynamics, The role changes of female and male in marriage, parenting relationship with children and teenagers, multi generations cohabiting together, and joining the new and the old culture. Identifies healthy coping strategies to facilitate this long highly emotional acculturation process that tests every emotional aspects of our survival and success, Fear and courage.