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Apr 18 2017 - 18:30
Hossein Omoumi is a scholar and musician from Isfahan, Iran. He currently teaches at UC Irvine. A new documentary about his life, made by Hesam Abedimi, and innovative teaching style will also be screened (in Farsi with English subtitles). After, Hossein will discuss and demonstrate the structure of classical Persian music by singing and playing the Ney, with vocals from Jessika Kenney, santur accompaniment from Faraz Minooie, and Sina Dehghani
Apr 11 2017 - 18:30
Launched in 2016, the Iranian American’s Contributions Project (IACP) applies software technologies to publicly available information to rigorously aggregate the many facets and contributions of the Iranian American community. Pirooz Parvarandeh is the founder and will describe this new approach and the results achieved to date.
Pirooz has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech sector. He joined Maxim Integrated in 1987 when it was a pre-
Feb 24 2017 - 13:00
The World Bank: Overview of structure, funding, policy and programs with a focus on infrastructure and climate change
Dr. Tara Shirvani currently works on large-scale infrastructure investment projects for the World Bank Group with a focus on urban transport and road construction as well as low-carbon energy projects in Middle East North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank she was based in the Middle East working
Feb 16 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Touraj Daryaee is Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies and the Director of the Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. His work focuses on ancient Iran and its history and culture. He will discuss the cultural and ideological aspects that came with the name of Iran and Iranshahr in antiquity.
Feb 11 2017 - 16:00
The Persian Student Association Stanford (PSA) at Stanford University, and Iranian Stanford Alumni Association (ISAA) present: A fireside chat with Omid Kordestani about technology, business, career, and life lessons.Omid is currently the Executive Chairman of Twitter. As Google's "Business Founder" and employee number 11, Omid led Google's business operations from the first employees and the first dollar in revenue to over 12,000 employees and
Jan 26 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Farzaneh Milani is Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages at the University of Virginia. She has published several books, articles, epilogues, forewords, and afterwords in both Persian and English. Her talk will include readings from her recently published biography on the Iranian feminist poet Forugh Farrokhzad.
Copies of Farzaneh Milani's new book will be available for sale at
Jan 17 2017 - 18:30
Nouredin Zarrinkelk studied animation in Ghent, Belgium and Jiry Trnka studios in Czech Republic. He has also founded animation schools. His lecture will cover the history of modern Iranian animation and include a few of his films.
Mr. Zarrinkelk with have copies of a few of his book available for sale after the event and he has kindly agreed to sign copies
Dec 13 2016 - 18:30
Reza Allamehzadeh is a prominent Iranian-born Dutch filmmaker, film critic, and writer. We are pleased to announce that he has just donated his entire film archive to Stanford University. This collection includes dozens of hours of never seen interviews with some of Iran’s most important modern figures including the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, the poet Simin Behbahani, the prominent writer Ali-ashraf Darvishian, and Maurice Capithorne and Ahmad
Nov 17 2016 - 18:30
Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, Iran is experiencing a serious water crisis. Dr. Kaveh Madani discusses the roots, current status, impending risks, and possible solutions. He is a Reader of Environmental Management in the Centre for Environmental Policy at the Imperial College London, and an expert in water resources planning management in arid areas including Middle East and California
Nov 11 2016 - 18:30
Award Recipient: Shahrnush Parsipur
We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the Ninth Bita Prize for Persian Arts is Ms. Shahrnush Parsipur. Ms. Parsipur is an acclaimed novelist and writer whose books have been translated in several languages. Her collection of short stories, Women Without Men (available in English) was adapted into a feature film by Shirin Neshat.
The award ceremony will include talks by Dean Richard Saller,