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Persian Studies at San Jose State University Hosts Forum on the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations

SJSU’s Persian Studies Program invites the university community to “Nuclear Ambitions, Human Rights, and the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29 in King 225/229.

The speakers will be Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri, San Francisco State University; Nazy Kaviani, Committee to Protect Journalists; and Firuzeh Mahmoudi, United4Iran.

The event is sponsored by the Student Association of Middle East Studies and Associated Students of SJSU.

Co-sponsors include the Middle East Studies Consortium of Silicon Valley, Middle East Studies, SJSU Persian Studies Program, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the College of Humanities and the Arts.


Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of International Relations. He specializes in human rights, international relations, globalization and identity construction, and Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of Youth, Technology, and Democratic Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Currently, he is working on a project on Iran titled “Social Change in the Post-Khomeini Era.”
Nazy Kaviani is a writer, human rights activist, and promoter of Iranian arts and culture. She is also a translator and researcher, focusing on violations of human rights in Iran. She is a frequent contributor to and other websites. Nazy’s poetry and writings have been published in “The Poetry of Iranian Women” and in “Confronting the Clash: The Suppressed Voices of Iran,” which will be published later in 2012. She has recently completed translating and editing “Sketches of Iran,” a book of essays and cartoons about the situation of human rights in Iran.
Firuzeh Mahmoudi is the co-founder and co-director of United4Iran, an independent non-profit working to improve human rights conditions in Iran. Previously, Firuzeh managed a $13 million United Nations project focusing on improving environmental and public health conditions in eight Global South countries. Firuzeh also served as the international coordinator of the global coalition Health Care Without Harm working in over 50 countries. She has worked directly in more than ten countries and with partners in another thirty countries. Firuzeh serves on the board of many organizations focusing on Iranian culture or social change.

Mission of Persian Studies Program:

The Persian Studies program (formerly called "Iranian Studies" and renamed to reflect a larger perspective that includes Persian-speaking communities outside of Iran) at San Jose State University was established in March 2011 with a generous grant from the PARSA Community Foundation in order to initiate teaching, research and scholarship that will enable us to serve the students and surrounding community of Silicon Valley. The goals and vision of Persian Studies is to draw on the intellectual and cultural resources of SJSU and the Silicon Valley community to offer an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Iran, Persian culture and language, and to move beyond the boundaries of Iran to include an appreciation and study of other Persian-speaking communities, including those of the Iranian Diaspora. Located at a major public university, we seek to build a program that offers the opportunity for students to encounter Persian language and culture, and to highlight and conduct research on the Iranian-American experience in North America and the Silicon Valley. (read more)



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