Persian StudiesSpring 2017Digitial Stories


Spring 2017 Calendar of Events

spring 2017

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.


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Persis Karim Outstanding Professor

Dear Friends of SJSU Persian Studies: 

Sal-e-no mobarak! We hope you enjoyed the new year and got an opportunity to celebrate. Our annual conference at SJSU was a wonderful and well-attended, and we are grateful to Mahvash Gueram and Hossein Massoudi, for their wonderful performance! Coming up next week is the last event for the academic year. Next Thursday, April 13th, 7 PM, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, room 255, we will be hosting Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine who will be speaking about "Iranian Identity." Join us for this exciting lecture and the final event for the 2017 spring semester. 

We thank you for your interest and support! 

Please see attached poster for more details. Hope to see you next Thursday! 


Dr. Persis Karim, Founding Director
Persian Studies

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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.