Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa August 13 Lecture Please join us for Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa's Lecture, "The Persian Book in Pre-Modern Turkey” on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 12-1PM at the Library of Congress. READ MORE
"A Thousand Years of the Persian Book”Roshan Lecture Series The 6 month lecture series accompanying "A Thousand Years of the Persian Book" exhibit is co-sponsored by Roshan Institute for Persian Studies and support of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. READ MORE "A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” Exhibition and 6- Month Lecture Series
Dr. Ulrich Marzolph Lecture Dr. Ulrich Marzolph's Lecture, “"The Printing Press as an Agent of Tradition in Iran” on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 12:00PM -1:00PM at the Library of Congress. READ MORE

Printer-friendly version


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:


Fatemeh Keshavarz, new director of the Roshan Center for Persian Studies, isn’t thinking small: She wants to m
SLLC Summer Language Institute runs June 1 - August 6, 2014. The priority application deadline is March 14th.
The St. Mary’s Language House holds its first Around the World Film Festival in McKeldin Library to showcase student films from every language cluster.


Library of Congress, Room 220, the AMED Reading Room, on the second level of the Thomas Jefferson Building
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Library of Congress
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
University of Maryland, Room TBD
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM