Persian StudiesSpring 2016Digitial Stories

Upcoming Events

Persian Studies is disappointed to report that due to an unforeseen schedule conflict with our speaker,  Dr. Dariush Zahedi, the event on April 12th, will not take place. This event is cancelled and will be rescheduled for fall 2016. Stay tuned for further news about Persian Studies and the remainder of the spring 2016 semester! 

Persian Language Classes 


Persian 1B


Dr. Shayan Afshar will be teaching elementary Persian at SJSU during the Spring 2016 semester. For information on enrolling or to apply for a scholarship, please contact Dr. Persis Karim at:  



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.

Roshan Institute Lecture Series
Spring 2016 Events



Roshan Institute Lecture Series Spring 2016
(click to enlarge schedule flyer)

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to SJSU Persian Studies! 

We have a wonderful series of events planned for Spring 2016, and hope you'll be able to attend! Our first event will be on February 2nd, shortly after the open of the semester, with San Francisco-based writer, Siamak Vossoughi, who will read from his recently-published collection of short stories, Better than War. On February 25th, Dr. Amy Malek, an anthropologist and lecturer at Scripps College, will be speaking about her field work on comparative Iranian diasporas in Canada, Sweden and the United States. We will celebrate International Women's Day with a film-screening of "A Woman Walks Home Alone at Night" by Iranian-American filmmaker, Ana Lily Amirpour. Our annual Norouz concert will feature the Saba Ensemble on March 3, 2016 at the Student Union Theatre. And, finally, on April 12th, we will have a lecture with Dr. Dariush Zahedi, UC Berkeley, on the "Impact of the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement with Iran on US-Iran Relations." We hope you'll join us for these dynamic events/speakers and support our efforts to create a dynamic conversation about Iran and Iranian culture on the SJSU campus. All events are free and open to the public. 

In addition, we are administering a survey to determine our impact, success, and ways to improve and develop the future of Persian Studies. We invite you to find more about it, and participate. We need your feedback. Please contact Dr. Persis Karim, Director Persian Studies with any questions you have:

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and programs and wish you a productive and engaging autumn. 

Remember to follow changes on our website and follow us on Facebook (Persian Studies at SJSU).

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.