Current Events


USC Middle East Studies Program & Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Conference

Friday April 10, 2015

9:30 am - 8:00 pm

The USC Dornsife Middle East Studies program is pleased to announce its inaugural Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative conference. The full-day conference, to be held on the USC campus on Friday, April 10th, focuses on the multifaceted social formations and various forms of cultural production in the Iranian Diaspora.  This gathering, which is open to members of the USC and broader Los Angeles community, brings together top scholars from the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, Art History, Literature, Communications and Cinematic Arts. In addition to the morning and afternoon panels, the conference luncheon will feature comedian Max Amini, and the day's program will conclude with an after-dinner concert by Mamak Khadem and classical music ensemble.  The conference is held with the generous support of the Farhang Foundation's USC-Dornsife Iranian Studies Initiative.

Breakfast and Registration 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Ronald Tutor Campus Center TCC 232
Morning Panel 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM | TCC 227
Lunch and Performance by Max Amini 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM | USC University Club Scriptorium
Afternoon Panel 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM | TCC 227
Evening Reception and Dinner 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Town and Gown, USC



LACMA and Farhang Foundation celebrate the Iranian New Year Nowruz

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Date: Sunday March 22, 2015
Time: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm

Program includes Haft-Sin show, traditional music, storytelling, free concert by KIOSK, and much more...

Past Events

The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero? The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography by Dr. Rudi Matthee Distinguished Professor of History

Date & Time: Monday, November 3, 2014 - 4:00- 5:30pm
Place: Mudd Hall of Philosophy, Room 101

The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture

Neither East nor West: The Roots of the Iranian Quest for Self-Sufficiency by Dr. Rudi Matthee Distinguished Professor of History

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 4:00- 5:30pm
Place: Mudd Hall of Philosophy, Room 101

Rediscovering the Cyrus Cylinder: The Making of a Cultural Icon with Timothy Potts, CPD Conversations in Public Diplomacy
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: USC, ASC 207 (Geoffrey Cowan Forum)

The Cyrus Cylinder, a 2,500-year-old object discovered in ancient Babylon, is considered by many to be the first declaration of human rights. This unique artifact, part of the British Museum collection, continues to excite the imagination of different peoples from around the world. Please join us for a fascinating panel discussion, featuring Dr. Timothy Potts and USC Professors Nicholas J. Cull and Jay Wang, on the enduring significance of the iconic object and the vital role of cultural institutions in facilitating global dialogue. Please register here.


 USC Middle East Studies Program & Farhang Foundation Present a Symposium on

The Cyrus Cylinder: Modern Myths and Ancient Realities

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Tutor Campus Center, Grand Ballroom A

Elizabeth Carter (University of California, Los Angeles): From Anshan to Persepolis: An overview of the Achaemenid Heartland from c. 1000-500 BCE.

Ryan Byrne (University of Texas, Austin): Literacy and Empire: How Persia Taught the World to Read

Bruce Zuckerman (University of Southern California): Innovative Imaging Techniques and the Cyrus Cylinder

Tamara Eskenazi (Hebrew Union College): King Cyrus and the Bible

Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Alison Nevarez or call 213-740-2795. Event's FLYER

"The Discourse of Modernity in Iran" a lecture by Dr. Abbas Milani, Sunday April 7, 2013 @ 3:30 PM, USC Harris Hall (HAR)

Iran and The Caucasus: A Long-Standing Legacy of Historical and Cultural Ties", a talk by Dr. Kaveh Farrokh
Wednesday April 22, 2013 @ 6:30 PM, USC WPH B27

PACSA Book Club: Thursdays from 7 to 8:20
Free reading and discussions

Iranian Studies Conference 2015
  • Persian Program
  • Office: THH 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352