Persian StudiesMarch CalendarDigitial Stories

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 Language Classes 

Persian Courses

SJSU is offering two sections of Persian language/culture. These courses, made possible with a grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, will enable both matriculated and non-matriculated student (register through Open University), to receive 3 units for beginning and intermediate Persian. For information, contact naciem.nikkhah
 or call 408 924-4476


Roshan Institute Lecture Series
Spring 2015 Events

Roshan Institute Lecture Series
(click to enlarge schedule flyer)

Dear Friends of Persian Studies at San José State University:

Welcome to the spring 2015 semester. We are delighted to let you know about the exciting events and programs we are hosting this semester as part of Roshan Lecture Series. We have a full month this March with events, programs, and exhibits that illustrate the dynamism and creativity of artists, writers, and musicians, from both Iran and those connected to Iran through their work. 

We hope you’ll join us for the wonderful Roshan Lecture Series events for the spring. If you have any questions, please contact, Dr. Shahin Gerami, Director, Persian Studies by emailing her at: (Please note, Dr. Persis Karim is on sabbatical 2014-2015.) We thank our friends and co-sponsors, as well as Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for making our campus and community a place to discover and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Iran and its diaspora community.

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, Lily Sarafan, and Sarah AghazadehWe hope that you will share Iranian American Voices of Silicon Valley with others.