Persian StudiesDigitial StoriesFall 2016

Fall 2016 Event Calendar
Roshan Institute Lecture Series

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Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora 
Video Project


Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora

"Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora"

The conference was a wonderful gathering of visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and musicians, who gathered to share their work and to discuss the ways that Iranian culture is being translated, articulated, and evolved in its North American context.


Persian Studies
Fall, 2016

Dear Friends of SJSU Persian Studies:

We'd like to thank you for your support for the programs, events, and the exciting conference we hosted at SJSU this fall semester. Your participation and presence has made this year an important one in our discussion of Iran, Persian culture, and the Iranian Diaspora. We will have two final events this fall--coming up before the holidays and the winter break from SJSU. Those two events are: a film-screening and discussion of Bay Area filmmaker Sabereh Kashi's "Home Yet Far Away" on December 11th, 2 pm in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, and the Shab-e-Yalda evening event organized in collaboration with the SJSU Persian Students' Association at the Yeganeh Bakery in San Jose, 7 pm, on December 17th. We've attached the flyers below for your information!

We look forward to seeing you at these events and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Dr. Persis Karim
Persian Studies

Sabereh Kashi

Shab Yalda


Fall 2016 calendar



Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute


Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley
A Digital Storytelling Project


Digital Storytelling

Persian Studies at San Jose State University is happy to announce the public launch of the "Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley" project, a digital storytelling project initiated and directed by Persian Studies founding director Dr. Persis Karim. This project was the result of a grant from Cal Humanities and the Community Stories project which aims to support innovative projects that highlight California's diverse ethnic, racial and immigrant populations. With the assistance of Clint Gilbert of the Center for Digital Storytelling. "Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley" involved extensive interviews with members of the Iranian American community and their willingness to share their stories, photos and memories. These stories and the people who share their narratives are part of the fabric and color of Silicon Valley and their contributions are part of the uniqueness of California and this region.

Featuring ten stories about the pioneering and important work and lives of these Iranian-Americans: Zohre Elahian, Nahal Iravani-Sani, Mo Gorjestani, Azin Izadifar, Shirindokht Nourmanesh, Hashem Kardevani, Niloufar S., and Sarah AghazadehWe hope that you will share Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley with others.