Thanks to a generous gift from brothers Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh, students and faculty at Oklahoma State University will be able to expand their knowledge in the area of Iranian and Persian Gulf studies. The total impact of the Farzanehs’ gift will be more than $6 million after adding matching funds from Boone Pickens and the Oklahoma Legislature.
Dr. Pedram Khosronejad is the Farzaneh Family Scholar and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. Under the direction of Dr. Khosronejad, Iranian and Persian Gulf studies will allow OSU faculty, staff and students an opportunity to explore the perspective of Iran and the Persian Gulf from a variety of interdisciplinary researches.
The Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program at the Oklahoma State University is the youngest initiative of this field of study in the United States which was established in January 2016 under the umbrella of the School of International Studies and Outreach. The IPGS program draws on the range of interdisciplinary academic researches and teachings across different colleges and schools, including Persian Language and Literature, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Politics, International Relations, Agriculture, Music, Art & Media and Visual Communications.
The program organises Dr. Ali Fazel Speakers Series, IPGS interdisciplinary Speaker Series, Persian Language and Literature course, Persian Tea Breaks, holds regular film screenings and also several Study Abroad programs. The program is also dedicated to promoting high quality research and academic collaboration and exchange plans with universities and research centers in Iran and internationally. The IPGS program plays a significant role in community education and the promotion of critical academic understanding of Contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf countries and regions.