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In 2010, Farhang Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences officially announced the launch an Iranian Studies Initiative at the university. (Press Release)
The following June, USC named Dr. Peyman Nojoumian (Press Release) the Assistant Professor of the teaching of Persian. By Fall 2011, Persian language classes appeared on the curriculum for the first time at USC. With the establishment of the first phase of the Iranian Studies Initiative, Farhang Foundation is now focused on the second phase: establishing a Minor degree with a focus on Iranian Studies, while ensuring Persian classes continue to be offered at USC.
The Iranian Studies Initiative at USC is comprised of two phases;
SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS INITIATIVE
Undoubtedly, the world is becoming more interconnected 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. Furthermore, 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 critical to offer educational opportunities in the areas of Persian language and Iranian Studies, which will primarily serve two distinct but equally important purposes:
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IN THE NEWS
Check out the following links, featuring info and news on Farhang Foundation’s Iranian Studies Initiative at USC:
“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