The Middle East/South Asia Studies Program (ME/SA) at the University of California, Davis is working closely with the Iranian-American community of Sacramento and Davis area, the Iranian Student Cultural and Aesthetic Organization, and the Friends of ME/SA to develop resources to launch Iranian Studies within the ME/SA Program.
ME/SA is the first UC Davis program to apply for and win a Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grant. ME/SA is one of only a handful of such academic programs in the United States which offers a degree in the study of the Middle East and South Asia in relationship to each other -- a more accurate reflection of the history and cultures of this crucial area of the world.
In the Spring of 2009, three Iranian-American families (Bijan and Forozan Bijan, Masud and Tehereh Monfared, Javad and Shirin Rahimian) contributed funds for a three-year lecture series: The Suad Joseph Lecture Series in Iranian Studies, organized by ME/SA. Additional funding is being raised to support the lecture series, Visiting Professorships, course development. The goal is achieve the Endowed Chairin Modern Iranian Studies.
We invite you to join ME/SA, the Iranian-American community and Friends of ME/SA to work together to build Iranian Studies within the dynamic and cutting-edge ME/SA Program at UC Davis.
The current global political climate, the unique role of UC Davis, the robust growth of ME/SA, and the strength and involvement of the Iranian-American community offers a most timely moment in the development of international relations.
Iranian studies will contribute to enhancing knowledge and transforming relations at this critical juncture.
Not only can we expect to change history through education, dialogue and academic exchange but we have already laid a foundation through ME/SA to further ensure the success and longevity of the program. The faculty, students and community are energized and supportive.
Now is the time to build Iranian studies within ME/SA at UC Davis.