Persian Cluster

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Cluster Meetings: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Persian Cluster Website!

The Persian Cluster is a part of the living-learning community called the Language House at the University of Maryland. Currently the cluster consists of five students all interested in improving their Persian language skills!



The Persian Cluster at the University of Maryland’s Language House started its activity in 2005, a year after the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies had begun its activity as an academic unit at the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

As one of the Language House, a live-in and learn-in program at the UMCP, the Persian Cluster aims at enhancing familiarity of the campus community with the Persian language, spoken today in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran as well as by over 1,000,000 people in the worldwide Persian-speaking diaspora and its culture.It also assists in solidifying the teaching of Persian language and literature and the culture and civilization of the Persian-speaking world as one of the main fields taught and studied regularly at the University of Maryland.It advances these objectives through a series of student activities, including a weekly cluster meetings and coffee chat at St. Mary’s Hall, and other similar activities undertaken in cooperation with the CPS, the ISF (Iranian Students’ Foundation) and other student organizations on the UMCP campus.

Thank you for visiting the Persian Cluster web page,

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Director
The Center for Persian Studies
1220 Jimenez Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA