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    Iranian Studies

    The OU Iranian Studies Program is a sponsored program within the OU College of International Studies. The program is also an institutional member of the American Institute for Iranian Studies and the International Society for Iranian Studies.

    The mission of the program is to coordinate a variety of curricular, research, and outreach activities at OU that explore the history and culture of Iran and the Persian-speaking world. These activities include lectures, conferences, film screenings, exhibits, concerts, and other programs.

    Students are also able to select from a growing list of course offerings in Iranian Studies at OU, including language instruction in Persian at the  elementary and intermediate levels. Language instruction is offered through the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. As our course offerings and program grows over the coming years we will offer undergraduate degrees in Iranian Studies, first as a minor and then as a major.

    The program also organizes the “Iranian Cultural Heritage Lecture Series” and the “Modern Iran Lecture Series.” Both of these ongoing programs bring scholars from the field of Iranian Studies to speak at the University of Oklahoma. These programs are open to the public and have been generously supported by the Farzaneh family, the Parsa Community Foundation, and Iran Heritage Foundation.

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    Afshin Marashi

    Afshin Marashi
    Director, Iranian Studies Program
    Farzaneh Family Chair in Iranian Studies
    Associate Professor, Department of International and Area Studies