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Chinese New Year Greetings from President Hargis

February 20,  2018

2018 Chinese New Year—The year of Dog

February 12,  2018

The Chinese zodiac is made up of twelve signs, the signs are cycled through every twelve years, and the dog is the eleventh sign. Additionally, each year is designated by one of five earthly substances referred to as “elements,” which include gold (also called metal), wood, water, fire, and earth. 2018 will specifically be an Earth Dog year.

Chinese delegation from SWJTU visits OSU

February 5,  2018

A Chinese delegation from Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) recently visited OSU on Feb 2nd, 2018. The delegation was led by Chief Manager Mr. Kaining Tang of National University Science Park. Other delegation members include Associate Dean Dr. Hongxia Sun of the Research Institute and Director Liu of Technology Incubator Center and Dr. Peijun Wang of Mechanical Engineering at SWJTU. The purpose of their visit was to learn about OSU technology commercialization process. The delegation visited OSU Technology Development Center and OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and learned about programs and services available to support OSU faculty, staff and students’ creative initiatives and scholarly research for commercialization. The delegation also met with Dr. Randy Kluver of School of Global Studies and Dr. Randy Seitsinger of CEAT about the current collaboration and partnership.

Cirincione speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal

February 1,  2018

From left: Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Direction for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies; Mr. Jamal Farzaneh President of Home Creations, Dr. Jamie Fullerton, Director of SGSP Academic Programs, Mr. Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund; and Randy Kluver, Dean of SGSP On January 29th J. Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, who is one of the most active experts on nuclear weapons, was the Farzaneh guest speaker of the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program of Oklahoma State University to present a talk entitled “The Iranian Nuclear Deal”.

Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars to France and Germany Accepting Applications!

January 19,  2018

The Fulbright U.S.-France International Education Administrator Seminar and the Fulbright U.S.-Germany International Education Administrator Seminar are now accepting applications. We invite you to share this message with colleagues, such as deans, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors, career services administrators, alumni affairs admins, and other international education administrators, so that they can share their expertise abroad and bring the benefits of a Fulbright IEA Seminar grant back to your campus or community.

International Events



Symposia Persica

On the occasion of the research week at Oklahoma State University, the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program (IPGS) is organizing SYMPOSIA PERSICA (Feb. 21-24), The First International Biennial Conference and Graduate Workshop on The Persianate World and Central Eurasia. During the two-day symposium program, scholars will present and discuss their works related to Iran, Central Eurasian countries and also greater Persianate societies. Symposia Persica welcomes Dr. W. O. Beeman (Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota) as the keynote speaker of the program. The program concludes with a half-day workshop and includes two panels and discussions on conducting both field and archival research methods, relationships with governmental and academic institutions in Iran, and also publication strategies. The concert Echoes from the Near East (Feb. 23) and the photo exhibition The Qajar Lens: Diversity in Qajar Photography (Feb. 22-23) are two social and cultural activities of the symposium.



Concert: Echoes from the Near East

Echoes from the Near East features music by composers from the Middle East and Central Eurasia. The majority of the works performed in this concert are presented for the first time in the United States and several are world premieres. The concert is hosted and performed by Dr. Anné-Marie Condacse with the participation of the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale conducted by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, OSU University Singers conducted by Dr. Christopher Haygood, OSU Youth Choir conducted Dr. Julia Haley, and the Stillwater Chamber Singers conducted by Prof. Nataša Kaurin-Karača. Among the guest artists are Dr. Shahryar Cohanzad, Dr. Naser Shahnoushi, Hossein Khaleghian, and faculty of the OSU Department of Music including Prof. Babette Belter, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Prof. Wayne Bovenschen, and pianist Pi-Ju Chiang. The event features graphic narrative projections by Prof. Pouya Jahanshahi and fashion design by Shiva Sheibani.



Voluntary Martyrdom: Paramilitary Bassidji during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)

Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) at the Oklahoma State University & The University of Central Oklahoma. Joint program supported by “Farzaneh Foundation”.


Dr. P. Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University)

"Voluntary Martyrdom: Paramilitary Bassidji during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)"

Tuesday, Feb. 6th 2018. 6:00-7:00 pm.

Based on long-term fieldwork, interviews conducted with high-ranking officers of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and also former voluntary paramilitary Bassidji in Iran, for the first time the speaker will present and examine Khunnameh- fraternity blood-signed letters of paramilitary Bassidji written directly before their voluntary martyrdom on the fronts- an unknown element of the sacred material culture of the Sacred Defence and Imposed War. Rare to find or to gain access to, these sacred letters are one of the most challenging topics of Iran-Iraq War martyrdom.

This talk will be completed with a projection of a documentary film about paramilitary Bassidji: their feelings, manners and ideology twenty years after the end of the Iran-Iraq War (2009) in the capital of Iran, Tehran, and also on the former warfronts where they spend their national and religious holidays in the memory of that war’s fallen martyrs.

Contact Pedram Khosronejad for more information



Diplomat-in-Residence visit to Stillwater

Kriten Stewart, the Diplomat in Residence for the Central Region of the U.S., will be on campus on January 31. From 2–3:00 pm, she is hosting office hours in 204G Wes Watkins Center for students to drop in, ask questions, and talk about opportunities available. It is a come-and-go event for students, so they can stop by at any time. If any students are interested in opportunities available and possible careers in the US Department of State, this is a wonderful opportunity to speak with someone who has served in multiple capacities.



Talk: The Iran Nuclear Deal: Is it good for the US? "Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS): Farzaneh Speaker Series"

Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He worked for nine years in the US House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress and Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the US Information Agency and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats.

Farzaneh Speaker Series hosts top scholars, and policymakers who are specialists of contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf Region.

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