Award of the first ever Title VIa Grant specifically for Iranian Studies To the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers


The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University received in 2007 the first ever US Department of Education Title VIa UISFL (Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program) grant awarded specifically for the study of Iran.


The following activities have been carried out with the help of this two-year grant:
  • The creation since 2007 of five new courses on Iran: Introduction to Iranian Studies, History of Iran, Women in Iran, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and Philosophy in Iran, Social Movements in Twentieth-Century Iran.
  • The infusion of extra Iranian subject matter into undergraduate courses from other academic disciplines (including: The Literatures of India, History of South Asia, Islam, Turkic Peoples, Multiple Identities of the Middle East, Islamic Art, World Cinema).
  • A proposal to establish a minor in Iranian Studies.
  • A proposal to establish a professional certification program in Persian translation.
  • The addition of $7,000 worth of books to the Alexander Library collection, which is available to the campus community and the New Jersey public. (Matching funds for the Iranian Studies books were gratefully received from generous donors.)
  • Public conferences dedicated to topics relating to Iranian Studies.
  • Periodic faculty workshops increasing awareness of Iran and the Iranian world and encouraging the use of material about Iran in the curriculum of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers.

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