Upcoming Events

October 14, Iran: A Smartphone Photographer’s Perspective

October 16, Persian Miniature Painting and the Shahnameh

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

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

Iran: A Smartphone Photographer's Perspectivesmartphone photos of daily life in Iran

Omid Scheybani

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

Born in Germany to Iranian parents, Omid is a California resident and in charge of Google's strategic cloud computing partnerships throughout Latin America. After graduating in Germany and Argentina in 2009, he moved to Ireland to start his professional career before moving to San Francisco in 2011. Outside of work, Omid has gained a reputation for his inspirational attitude towards life and his cultural insights. He is the co-founder of the lifestyle portal MOSAIC-ON.com as well as a frequent traveler who has pioneered the art of "World Culture Storytelling" through social media. On his blog ThePositude.com, he regularly publishes thought-provoking essays that are at the intersection of life, leadership and happiness.

The event was made possible with a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (a managed fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and the PARSA Community Foundation. Sponsored by Persian Studies at San Jose State University.

For more information email the director of Persian Studies, Dr. Shahin Gerami at shahin.gerami@sjsu.edu.

Persian Miniature Painting and the ShahnamehPersian miniature painting

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

Dr. Johanna Movassat graduated from UC Berkeley, with a MA and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies: Art and Archaeology. She is the author of The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: Study in Late Sasanian Royal Art (Mellen Press, 2005) She has taught at UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco and Santa Clara University and has been teaching at San Jose State University, Department of Art and Art History for more than twenty years.

Made possible with a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (a managed fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and the PARSA Community Foundation.

For more information email the director of Persian Studies, Dr. Shahin Gerami at shahin.gerami@sjsu.edu.

East-West Cultural Transmissions in Post Mongol IranPost Mongol art

Ladan Akbarnia

November 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112

A specialist on the art of Iran and Central Asia, Dr. Akbarnia is the curator of Islamic art at the British museum and the executive director of Iran Heritage Foundation. Before these roles, Dr. Akbarnia held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. In addition she has also served as a consulting curator of the Aga Khan Museum Collection in Geneva and to the virtual museum site, Arts of the Islamic World. Dr. Akbarnia taught Islamic art history at Smith College and Wheaton College, both in Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Vassar College, and a PhD in art history from Harvard.

This event was made possible with a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (a managed fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and the PARSA Community Foundation. Sponsored by Persian Studies at San Jose State University.

For more information email the director of Persian Studies, Dr. Shahin Gerami at shahin.gerami@sjsu.edu.

Off the Curtain: The Tragedy of Rostam and SohrabTragedy of Rostam and Sohrab

Sara Mashayekh

November 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm
SJSU Student Union Theater
1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192

East meets West in a one woman show that brings an ancient tragedy to a new audience via innovative and emotional modern storytelling.

Made possible with a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (a managed fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and the PARSA Community Foundation.

Co-Sponsored by Califia Productions and the Department of Communication Studies.

For more information email the director of Persian Studies, Dr. Shahin Gerami at shahin.gerami@sjsu.edu.