The Farhang Foundation and USC announced the launch of an Iranian studies initiative at the university. This initiative will, for the first time, offer USC students Persian language classes offered by USC College as early as fall 2011.
Spearheaded by the foundation, the initiative is composed of two phases, the first of which will add Persian language courses to the curriculum. The second phase, still in the planning stages, will allow students to choose a major with a focus on Iranian studies.
“The significance and necessity of an Iranian studies initiative at USC cannot be overstated,” said Ali C. Razi, chairman of the foundation. “As the Iranian Diaspora in this region continues to grow, so does the need for education in the areas of Persian language and Iranian studies.”
As the world becomes more interconnected and cultures become more integrated through politics and technology, it becomes more critical that academic institutions such as USC lead the way in the teaching and researching of other languages and cultures, officials said.
“In the past few years, we have a seen a tremendous demand by our students for Persian language and Iranian culture programs,” said Howard Gillman, dean of USC College. “Through this very generous gift from the Farhang Foundation, we will be able to quickly respond to this demand and begin to build a vibrant and rigorous academic program in Iranian studies.”
The Farhang Foundation was able to raise the funds needed to kick-start the initiative through the contributions made by various individuals.
Together with USC, the foundation will continue its fundraising efforts and reach out to the community to support this program and its expansion.
For more information on the foundation’s programs or to learn how an individual can become a member, visit www.farhang.org