Past Events

 Learn More About the Persian Studies Program by Viewing This Gallery of Our Past Events

 October, 2014

"Iran: A Smartphone Photographer's Perspective" by Omid Scheybani

October 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Industrial Studies Building, Room IS 219

smartphone photos of daily life in Iran

"Persian Miniature Painting and the Shahnameh"  by Dr. Johanna Movassat

October 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112

Persian miniature painting


May, 2014

 "The Elements"

An exhibit of Paintings by Mehri Yazdani
May 1- May 29, 2014,  DiNapoli Gallery, MLK Library, SJSU

Opening Reception

May 8th, 2014, 6-8PM, Room 255, MLK Library, SJSU



April 2014

 "US-Iran Relations at the Six-Month Mark: Prospects for Long-Term Diplomacy and a Negotiated Agreement"

A Lecture by Dr.Muhammad Sahimi, USC
Thursday, April 24th, 2014,  7 PM, Room 255 MLK Library, SJSU



" Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora ",

Conference on Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora
April 11th - 12th, 2014 ,  MLK Library Room 225/229 and 255



inja o oonja


" Shaping and Making a Future: Iranian American Business and Technology Leaders in Silicon Valley ",

Lecture by Dr. Kathrine Richardson, Dept. of Geography, SJSU
April 2nd, 2014 , 12 PM, Instructional Resource Center IRC Room 101, SJSU




March 2014

"Welcome Spring: Norouz ",

A Concert of Classical and Folk Persian Music to celebrate Norouz and Arrival of Spring
Featuring Mahvash Guerami, Santour and Hossein Massoudi, Vocals & Bay area Iranian American Children's Choral Group
Tuesday March 9th, 2014, 3 pm Student Union Ballroom, San Jose State University



February 2014

" Days of Revolution : Political Protest in an Iranian Village ",

Reading and Discussion with Dr.Mary Elaine Hegland, Santa Clara University
Tuesday February 25th, 2014, 7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257




" Jews of Iran ",

A Lecture with Dr.Jaleh Pirnazar Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
Tuesday February 18th, 2014, 7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257




November 2013

" The Inner is True, The Rest is Chance ",

A Discussion of the Persian Mystic Fariduddin Attar's Conference of the Birds
Thursday November 7th, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257



October 2013 

 " Changing the National Conversation on the Middle East, One Play at a Time ",

Talk by Torange Yeghiazarian, Founding Artistic  Director of Golden Thread Productions
Wednesday October 30th, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library Room 255


 torange flyer


"Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran",

Reading with editor Meghan Sayres and contributing authors: Azin Arefi, Jasmin Darznik, Farnaz Fatemi & Brian Appleton
Thursday October 10th, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257




 " The Cat and the Coup",

Decoded by Kurosh ValaNejad and Comments by George Vasquez
Tuesday October 8th, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library Room 255 



September 2013

 " Cyrus the Great & Achaemenid Persia in World History", Lecture by Professor John Lee
Wednesday September 4th, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library 225



April 2013

Iran's Upcoming Election and Nuclear Dispute
Dr. Dariush Zahedi
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library 225/229  
Tremors Reading and Book singing
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7 pm MLK Library 225/229
Iranian American Writers 
  "Just a Piece of Cloth" Film Screening
Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:30-8:00pm MLK Library 225/229


 March 2013

 Iranian Women Occupying Facebook: Identity and Resistance By Dr. Shahin Gerami

March 19, 2013, 5:30pm - 7:30 pm MLK Library 255/257 



Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
March 14, 2013 7 pm MLK Library Room 225/229                                                          

 Welcome Spring: A Concert of Classical and Folk Persian Music To Celebrate Norouz and the Arrival of Spring 
Mahvash Guerami (Santour) and Hossein Massoudi (Vocals)
Sunday March 10, 2013 3 pm with Tea and Sweets Reception at 2:30pm
SJSU Engineering Auditorium (Rm 189)
Free and Open to the Public

Welcome Spring 

 November 2012

Nuclear Ambitions, Human Rights, and the future of US-Iran Relations 

Please Join Us to Welcome Our Distinguished Panel

November 29th Event

Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri, San Francisco State University
Nazy Kaviani, Committee to Protect Journalists
Firuzeh Mahmoudi, United for Iran
November 29, 7 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
San Jose State University, 4th and San Fernando St. 

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Join the Iranian Studies Program at San José State University and the MFA Creative Writing Program for a reading and conversation with Bay Area Iranian-American Novelist:

Equal of the Sun

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November 19, 7 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
San Jose State University, 4th and San Fernando St. 

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in more than 25 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize 
for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published by Scribner in June, 2012. Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, an anthology co-edited by Anita and Persis Karim, will appear in Spring, 2013. Anita teaches at the California College of the Arts and at Sonoma State University.

Sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the Iranian 
Studies Program, the MFA Creative Writing Program, and the Department of Humanities.

Co-Sponsored by the Associated Students of SJSU and the Student Association for Middle East Studies. 

Made Possible with a grant from the PARSA Community Foundation in collaboration with Iranian Heritage Foundation (USA)
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 October 2012

The Iranian Studies Program at San José State University and the Association of Iranian American Writers (AIAW) invite you to an evening of poetry and conversation:

Ghazal GamesDear RegimeGhazal Games Oct. 11Ghazal Games — An Evening with Iranian-American Poet and Translator Roger Sedarat

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
San Jose State University, 4th and San Fernando St. 

Roger Sedarat is the author of the poetry collections, Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP's 2007 Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). His translations of classical and modern Persian poetry have appeared in World Literature TodayDrunken Boat, and Ezra. He teaches poetry and literary translation in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York. 

Made possible with a grant from the PARSA Community Foundation (incollaboration with Iran Heritage Foundation, USA)

 Co-sponsored by the Student Association
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[April 12, 2012]
An Evening of Music & Poetry to Celebrate Spring 


[March 11, 2012]

The History of Women in Ancient and Early Medieval Iran
Dr. Touraj Darayee
Dr. Touraj Darayee

[March 8, 2012]
Recollections: Art & the Archive of an Iranian-American Journey

Works by Acclaimed Bay Area Artist Taraneh Hemami 

Taraneh Hemami explores themes of displacement, preservation, and representation in personal and collective projects, from permanent and ephemeral installations to object and media productions.


[February 23, 2012]
Dog Sweat Special Screening
Q&A with Film Director Hossein Keshavarz

 Dog Sweat

[October 21, 2011]
An Evening with Marina Nemat, author "Prisoner of Tehran" & "After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed"

Marina Nemat