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 are pleased to announce the Roshan Lecture Series for the fall 2016 semester. As you will note by the calendar (see below), we have a variety of programs and events that we know you'll be interested in attending. Our first lecture of the series is with Ms. Naciem Nikkhah, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Cambridge and a former lecturer of Persian at SJSU. We are thrilled to have Dr. Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, who will speak on "Engaging Iran after the Nuclear Agreement" as part of our upcoming conference, "Engaging Iran and the Iranian Diaspora after the Nuclear Agreement" on October 20 and 21st. The talk on the 20th by Dr. Cole will be at7pm in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

On October 21st, we have a formidable program of speakers from a variety of disciplines who will speak on their work and its relevance to Iranian Studies and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We have a flyer that announces some of the details of the conference (see below), including the world premiere of "Together Tea" a play written and directed by Professor Matthew Spangler (SJSU) and featuring a performance by acclaimed actress, Leyla Modirzadeh. This event at 7:30 pm in the Student Union Theater and the conference are all free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Persis Karim,

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events! 

Happy Mehregan!

Dr. Persis Karim, Director
SJSU Persian Studies

Fall 2016 calendar

Engaging Iran

SJSU Persian Studies Fall 2016



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.