Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Lecture On Friday, April 25, 2014, Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak will be speaking at the Library of Congress on "The Persian Book of Kings: Vicissitudes of a Foundational Text in Iranian Culture" at 12PM. READ MORE The Persian Book of Kings
Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi Lecture For pictures from Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi's Lecture on“Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran: A Digital Exploration” in April, please click, "Read More" or on the "Photo Gallery" tab. READ MORE Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi Lecture
“A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” For video and pictures from the March 2014 Inaugural Lecture on the Occasion of the Opening of the Library of Congress Exhibition Event, please click "Read More". READ MORE

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Welcome to Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.

Established in fall 2004, the Institute aspires to be the premier center for the study and appreciation of Persian culture in the United States. Toward this end, Roshan Institute seeks to:

  • Provide outstanding course offerings and programs in Persian language, literature, history, and culture.
  • Foster communication and community ties among people of Persian heritage and those interested in Persian cultural heritage.
  • Serve as a model for encouraging intercultural communication among people of varying backgrounds.

Persian Studies at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers the following degree programs:


Roshan Chair in Persian Studies Fatemeh Keshavarz is named December’s “Poet of the Month” by Grace Cavalieri for her featured poet series.
Celebrated Iranian illustrator presents her artwork for the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies.
To welcome its new graduate students to the University of Maryland, the Roshan Institute held its first graduate reception at its main office in Jimenez Hall.


Library of Congress, Room 220, the AMED Reading Room, on the second level of the Thomas Jefferson Building
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Susquehanna Hall, Room 2114
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Library of Congress, Room 220, the AMED Reading Room, on the second level of the Thomas Jefferson Building
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM