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06/30/10

Farhang Foundation Joins Effort to Save Persian Language Classes at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)


LOS ANGELES, CA - Farhang Foundation is pleased to announce it has joined KIRN 670AM Radio Iran in the fundraising efforts to help bring back Persian language classes at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which have been cancelled due to adjustments to state budgets.

"As part of Farhang Foundation's overall effort to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture, and heritage, we are delighted to contribute to this worthy cause, which we hope will facilitate the return of Persian language classes to CSUN," said Ahmad Gramian, Farhang Foundation trustee and chair of the Iranian Studies Committee.

The classes, dating back to 1997, have enjoyed enrollment beyond capacity, according to Dr. Homa Esfarjani, Professor of Farsi Language and Iranian Student Association Advisor at CSUN.

"With over 1,000,000 Iranians in Southern California, many of them concentrated in the Los Angeles region, and with approximately 4,000 Farsi speaking students at CSUN, we believe that there is enough support in the community to endow the Farsi language courses at CSUN, assuring students continual access to the richness and historical importance of the language and culture," Dr. Esfarjani stated in a letter.

Due to the regional and cultural significance of this endeavor, Farhang Foundation has pledged to add $1 to every $4 donated by the public, up to $4,000, and thanks to KIRN 670 AM Radio Iran, the word has been getting out. Any donations to the endowment are entirely tax-deductible and could help Persian language classes return to the Fall and Spring semesters of every academic year at CSUN.

"KIRN is proud to be a participant in the campaign to maintain Persian language classes at CSUN.  Our research and advertiser results indicate that KIRN radio is the fastest and most influential medium to get a message to and response from the huge Iranian-American population that resides in Southern California." said John Paley, general manager of KIRN 670AM Radio Iran.

For details and to learn how to contribute, please visit www.farhang.org.

About California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of nearly 36,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. As you explore the university's web site, you will find ample evidence of Cal State Northridge's commitment to the educational and professional goals of students, and its extensive service to the community. www.csun.edu

About KIRN 670AM Radio Iran
For more than a decade KIRN 670AM Radio Iran has been serving the Southern California Iranian-American community.  KIRN has become the voice of the Iranian-American community.  It is the focal point for information and discussions about events that affect Iranians locally, nationally and throughout the world.  KIRN broadcasts in Persian, both on the air locally and worldwide through its website www.670amkirn.com.

About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. www.farhang.org
 

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