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Upcoming Events

November 13, East-West Cultural Transmissions in Post Mongol Iran

November 15, Off the Curtain: The Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab

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
"Book of Kings, The Shahnameh"

Roshan Institute Lecture Series
(click to enlarge schedule flyer)

Dear Friends of SJSU Persian Studies: Welcome to the academic year, 2014-2015! We hope you will be visiting the San Jose State University campus for some of our enriching events and programs made possible with the support of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. We wanted to draw your attention to a lecture series by local Shahnameh expert, Mr. Iraj Tabibnia, who will be speaking on a variety of aspects about Ferdowsi's epic poem, Shahnameh. Mr. Tabibnia, known to many of you in the San Jose area, has a wealth of knowledge about this marvelous national epic of Iran. He will be working with a translator to provide English translation/interpretation, so both Persian-speakers and English-speakers are welcome. The series, which runs over ten weeks (until early December) will be held in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday afternoons (please see poster for details).

This series, made possible with a grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, is free and open to the public. To request information on the series, please contact Mr. Tabibnia directly via email at:

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute

For questions regarding Roshan Institute Lecture Series or the Persian Studies program, please contact Dr. Shahin Gerami at: or (408) 924-5754.
Please note, Dr. Persis Karim is on sabbatical 2014-2015.

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.