Source: Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) have officially announced the launch of an Iranian Studies Initiative at the university. For the first time ever, USC will offer its students Persian language classes as part of their curriculum, beginning as early as Fall 2011; a Minor in Iranian Studies is in the works. This is the first of many.
What is the Iranian Studies Initiative?
Iranian Studies Initiative at USC is comprised of two phases, the first of which
will add Persian language courses to the curriculum at USC as early as the Fall
2011 semester. The second phase, still in planning stages, aims to bring a full
Iranian Studies Minor program to USC's College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.
What is the significance & purpose of this initiative?
Undoubtedly, the world is becoming more interconnected and cultures more integrated through politics and technology. Therefore it is now critical that premier academic institutions - such as USC - lead the way in the teaching and researching of other languages and cultures.
This Iranian Studies Initiative is the first of its kind at USC, one of the world's leading private research universities, located in Los Angeles, home to the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran.
As the Iranian community in this region grows, it becomes that much more necessary to offer educational opportunities in the areas of Persian language and Iranian Studies, which will primarily serve two very distinct but equally important purposes:
Professor Bruce Zuckerman
"Today I was a fortunate witness to a small event that I trust will have broad implications. My university, the University of Southern California, signed an agreement with the Farhang Foundation to begin to do the best thing one can do to remind us all of what Persian culture truly embodies." Bruce Zuckerman, Professor of Religion at USC
"In the past few years we have seen a tremendous demand by our students for Persian language and Iranian culture programs. Through this very generous gift from Farhang Foundation, we will be able to quickly respond to this demand and begin right away to build a vibrant and rigorous academic program in Iranian Studies. I look forward to partnering with Farhang Foundation as we make this program one of the premier programs in the country." Howard Gillman, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at USC
"The significance and necessity of an Iranian Studies Initiative at USC cannot be overstated... This effort - in partnership with USC - is both a historical duty for Farhang Foundation and at the very core of its mission."Ali C. Razi, Chairman of Farhang Foundation
"It is my honor and privilege as an Iranian-American to be a part of Farhang
Foundation and this effort in support of an Iranian Studies Initiative. This
program will offer students from all walks of life the opportunity to explore
and study thousands of years of Iranian culture and language." Dr.
Cyrus Adami, Iranian Studies Council at Farhang Foundation
Standing left to right: David W. Newman, General Counsel (pro-bono), Haleh Emrani, Iranian Studies Council Member, Bita Milanian, Executive Director & Ahmad Gramian, Trustee (Farhang Foundation). Seated, left to right: Ali C. Razi, Chairman (Farhang Foundation) & Howard Gillman, Dean (College of Letters, Arts & Sciences)
Timeline of Events
November 1, 2010
The first phase of Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative has officially launched. Persian language courses will now appear on USC's curriculum as early as the Fall 2011 semester.
Join Farhang Foundation as we host a reception celebrating the kick-off of the first phase of our Iranian Studies Initiative. Location and date to be announced!
August 2011 and Beyond
For the first time ever, Persian language courses will be available as part of USC's curriculum, beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.
Note: While the above timeline highlights important upcoming dates, we remind you that Farhang Foundation will continue to work hard to raise funds in support of our Iranian Studies Initiative in an effort to successfully launch its second phase, which aims to bring an Iranian Studies Minor program to USC. But we cannot do it alone. Help us raise funds and friends for this important program.
How YOU can help...
This Iranian Studies Initiative has been spearheaded by Farhang Foundation and welcomed by USC. But it has been made possible by the generous contributions of various individuals. Thanks to their support, Persian language courses will appear on the curriculum as early as the Fall 2011 semester. But we still have a ways to go to launch the second phase of this initiative and bring a full Iranian Studies Minor program to USC!
And please remember, contributions are welcome in more ways than one:
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