Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for our sponsored Nowruz 1393 event on March 29, 2014.

Past Events

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

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