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Iranian Studies Initiatives

Parissa in concert

Explore five innovative initiatives that bring together resources, scholars, and knowledge from across campus and around the world to further the study of Iran's past and future. 

Marjane Satrapi
Bita Prize for Persian Arts

The annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts is awarded to an artist of Iranian ancestry whose work, in the course of their lifetime, has exhibited singular achievements in both the realm of aesthetics and in the essence of defending the rights of artists to create, free from any fetters. 

Kayhan Kalhor and Aliakbar Moradi concert
Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

The Stanford Festival of Iranian Art's mission is to bring to Stanford the best of Iranian art and letters, and to ensure that prejudice based on politics, gender, ethnicity, and religious rancor can play no role in silencing these cultural gems. 

Graph of Iran's real GDP per capita oil vs. non-oil since 1979
Stanford Iran 2040 Project

The Stanford Iran 2040 Project is an academic initiative that serves as a hub for academic researchers all around the world, particularly the Iranian diaspora scholars, to conduct research on issues related to the future of the Iranian economy and evaluate their possible implications in a global context.

Public art wall painting by Ghalamdar
Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse

Public Art, Public Spaces is a three-year initiative on Iranian art that investigates the multiple contexts that shift and define changing ideas of Iranian public space.

Professor Robert Sapolsky
Science and Society: Frontiers of the Mind

The Science and Society Initiative is a joint program with the Laboratory for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology at Stanford University Medical School. Its mission is to host lectures, webinars, and fellowships on the most recent discoveries of neuroscience for audiences in Iran.