SF State Announces $5-Million Gift to Establish Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Black and white photo of Neda Nobari

SF STATE NEWS -- This endowment establishes SF State as an academic pioneer in Iranian diaspora research. Under the leadership of the Neda Nobari Distinguished Chair, the center will create a vigorous, dynamic and fresh approach to the study of and research about Iranian diaspora communities, their development, contributions to host societies and impact on Iranian identity.

The center will be a platform for new academic programs that foster intellectual engagement with local and global Iranian communities across numerous disciplines. It will model new methods of research and scholarship, and develop collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and students across campus, as well as with universities across the U.S. and internationally.

“Mass migration is one of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century,” Nobari says. “It’s also an opportunity to learn. Nearly 37 years have passed since the Iranian Revolution and migration of Iranians across the globe.”

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