PSA Events 2011-2012

Spring Quarter Events:

Game Night

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Dear Friends

We are having our latest edition of Game Night this Friday, May 25th on the second floor of Nitery at 8pm! So, practice on sharpening your game until then. Light refreshment will be served to keep you hydrated!


A Talk on Modernism and Tradition in Classical Iranian Music by Faraz Minooei

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The Persian Student Association at Stanford University is very proud to host "A Talk on Modernism and Tradition in Classical Iranian Music by Faraz Minooei"on Sunday May 20th at 4pm. Faraz Minooei is an Iranian composer, performer and scholar who has kindly accepted to hold this intimate seminar to discuss and unveil the subject of modernism and tradition in classical Iranian music, a subject which is much discussed nowadays. This event is going to be a place to analyze the unquestionable topics and open the doors to this vital topic among Iranian musicians. Faraz Minooei will give a short talk on two different view points toward music and then open the session to Q&A. This will be a lively event and a great opportunity to discuss this delicate topic in the presence of a true scholar familiar with the topic.

What: A Talk on Modernism and Tradition in Classical Iranian Music by Faraz Minooei
When: Sunday May 20th, 4-6pm
Where: Stanford University, Y2E2 Building, Room 111 (refer to the map)

Short Biography of Faraz Minooei:

Faraz Minooei Was born in Tehran and began playing santur at the young age of nine. While studying with Behnam Mehrabi, he discovered a deep spiritual desire to study music, seeing music as an "unexplainable souvenir from the eternal truth". Faraz received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in 2008 as a Nagle Scholar and the first World/Jazz music major with santur as his primary instrument! As a full-time musician, Faraz is an indefatigable performer, composer, ethno-musicologist and teacher. He views studying music as a never-ending mission. In view of that, he has also had the good fortune to study with masters such as M. R. Lotfi, H. Omoumi, Royal Hartigan, Hafez Modirzadeh, Michael Dessen, Kojiro Umezaki and Christopher Dobrian.
Since 2006, he has lectured and performed at many universities including SFSU, UCI, UCLA, UCSC and at the Society of Ethnomusicology. He has performed with noted ensembles in the United Sates, among which was his collaboration in 2009 with Yo Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor in the Silk Road Ensemble, for the 50th anniversary of the
Lincoln Center. Faraz earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in music with emphasis in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from the University of California in Irvine. His thesis, "Abstracting" Iranian Classical Music, challenges the traditional practice of Iranian Classical Music to introduce innovative and transformative functions of the music in contemporary society.
Recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, Faraz is passionate about comprehending the intricacies of the human mind and the world around him, jocularly referring to "thinking" as his hobby.


PSA's First Ever Painting Workshop!!

Painting Workshop

Dear All,

The Persian student Association at Stanford University is very proud to host its *first ever* live painting workshop with renowned Iranian painter and scholar, "Mr. Ali Faramarzi". This workshop will give you a unique opportunity to meet one of the most important painters of our time, get exposed to art and connect with your inner artist! This will be a 2 day event, consisting of a talk about modern trends in Iranian painting on Wednesday May 16, followed by a live workshop on Thursday May 17 in which Mr. Faramarzi will start and finish a painting in front of the audience while explaining the process and answering their questions. So, whether you are a painting enthusiast or just curious to know more about art, or you are someone who have visited a museum of modern arts and could not connect, don't miss this one of a kind opportunity; Come and hear the SECRETS of modern art!! No prior exposure to art is required. Just bring your questions with you.

Talk: Wednesday May 16th, 6:30pm, Building 260 Room 113, Stanford Main Quad Workshop: Thursday May 17th, 5pm, Cummings Art Building Room ART4, Stanford

The talk will be in Farsi, and the events are free and open to the public.

Short biography of Mr. Ali Faramarzi:

1950 Born in Tehran Iran
1976 winning the Scholarship of the young artist
1977 First group exhibition
1979 Letter of appreciation from Tehran museum of art for revival of the museum
1979 Work shop at the Tehran museum of modern art
1979 Winning art Scholarship from Rome academy
1980 Group exhibition in Tehran museum of modern art
1982 Establishment of his own classes for visual art in Tehran
1984 Professor of painting classes in Iran & Italy association
1986 Establishment of Faramarzi art gallery
1997 Becoming member of the board of directors in first painting association
2001 Becoming member of the board of directors in first gallery association
2007 Professor of the Sooreh University
2007 Becoming honorary professor at the Sooreh University in Tehran
2008 His last work shop at the Tehran museum of modern art
Ali Faramarzi has had 23 solo and 40 group exhibitions Iran and other countries. He has also written more than 50 essay in newspapers and magazines about visual art

To know more bout Mr. ali Faramarzi http://alifaramarzi.com/


PSA visit to the Backplane

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Dear friends,

As our 4th and last e-series event of the year, we are planning a visit to a HOT start-up:
The Backplane
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 5-6pm
Just have a look on the news:
"Lady Gaga-Backed Backplane Raises Over $4M From Sequoia & More; Acquires Sharing Platform Cortex"
- Techcrunch Feb, 2012

"Lady Gaga and Eric Schmidt Board The Backplane"
- Brandchannel, Jun, 2011

Founded in 2011 by Matt Michelsen, Troy Carter, Alex Moore and Joey Primiani, Backplane is a Palo Alto based start-up uniting people around interests, affinities and movements. A new type of social corridor, Backplane is home to many social communities including Lady Gaga’s LittleMonsters. Backplane investors include: Sequoia Capital, Greylock Discovery Fund, Battery Ventures, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership, Google Ventures, TomorrowVentures, Formation 8, Founders Fund Angel, Menlo Ventures, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Vast Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures, WGI Group, and individual investors.
Backplane's office is located in Palo Alto. Please RSVP if you are interested


Commemoration of Maestro Jalal Zolfonoun at Stanford University

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This year's Norouz came without Setar virtuoso Jalal Zolfonoun as we lost one of the most important figures in the Iranian music scene. Many of us share lots of memories with Maestro Zolfonoun's music and have all been touched by his passion and creativity. He will never be forgotten, and will always live through his music in our hearts. Please join us, as we gather to honor his life and memories in a commemoration ceremony on Sunday May 13th at 4pm in Stanford University's Annenberg Auditorium. The event will consist of several eulogies delivered by notable Iranian musicians and Mr. Zolfonoun's family, along with a few musical performances of his compositions by professional musicians. The talks will be in Farsi and the event is free and open to the public.

In the Loving Memory of Jalal Zolfonoun
Where: Stanford university, Annenberg Auditorium
When:Sunday, May 13th 2012, 4-6pm

Short Biography of Maestro Jalal Zolfonoun
Jalal Zolfonoun was born in 1937 in Abadeh, Fars. His family moved to Tehran when he was a child and began to take music lessons, especially on the setar. At the age of 13, Zolfonun enrolled in the National School for Iranian Music to study musical theory, composition and technique under Ruhollah Khaleghi and Musa Khan Maroufi. He immediately fell in love with Setar (an Iranian instrument with four metal strings), despite it not being a popular instrument at the time. He instead decided to study the tar, while also learning the violin from his brother Mahmoud Zoufonoun. In 1967, Jalal Zolfonun was admitted to the department of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran, where he would further study the setar with Maestro Noor Ali Boroumand and Daryoush Safvat. From then on, he dedicated himself to the delicate instrument. He began combining the techniques of the older masters of Setar with his own ingenuity and mystic sensitivity. For the first time, with Iran's leading classical singer Shahram Nazeri, he founded an ensemble composed of only Setar players. Later on in 1980s, Zolfonoun and Nazeri's compositions were released in two best-seller albums one of which, Gol-e Sadbarg (one hundred-petaled flower), is indisputably the best selling album of classical Iranian music ever. At the same time, Jalal Zolfonoun proved to be one of the most expressive, while technically virtuosic players of the Setar. Perhaps the most notable of Jalal Zolfonun's contributions to Iranian classical music is that he showed for the first time the power and versatility of the Setar as an ensemble and solo instrument that could fully express the nuances of Persian traditional music in any setting. In fact, since Gol-e Sadbarg's success, the Setar evolved from the least to the most popular instrument in Iran. Following the success of Gol-e Sadbarg, Jalal Zolfonun continued to record a number of other albums on which he is featured as lead soloist, composer and/or ensemble player with a number of well-known singers and musicians with whom he also toured worldwide. Zolfonun also wrote a seminal book on Setar playing and teaching methods. He lived in Iran, but also toured outside in Europe, the US, Canada and Japan with his son, Soheil Zolfonoon, and other musicians. Zolfonun died of heart disease on 18 March 2012 in Tehran.


PSA Spring Party

PSA spring party
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Fellow Party Rockers:

Spring is here and it's getting warm out there, so...that calls for a PARTYYYY!!! So, get your dancing shoes on, because PSA is throwing a themed party on May 12th and you and your friends are all invited! We are working through the details of the party, but here are the finalized stuff:
1. The party will be a Red-and-Black party! This means everyone will be wearing either red or black (or a combination). If you don't have a party dress/shirt in those colors, then you should go out and shop soon!
2. There will be an open bar! The two top bartenders at Stanford (aka. me and Ali Nouri) will be serving you exotic yet highly intoxicating drinks all night.
3. The party is free and open to PSA members and their guests ONLY!

Just as a reminder, this is going to be the last party we are throwing for the academic year, so it's going to be off da hizook! You don't want to miss out on this!


PSA movie screening -Men at work (starring Mahnaz Afshar, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Reza Kianian, Atila Pesiani, ...)

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Dear All,

We are happy to announce that we will be screening "Men at Work" (کارگران مشغول کارند) next Thursday!. This movie was based on the initial idea by Abbas Kiarostami, and was directed by Mani Haghighi, starring Mahnaz Afshar, Mahmoud Kalari, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Atila Pesiani, and Reza Kianian. It is a political allegory on four middle-class guys on a ski trip weekend. A brief stop at a picturesque vista leads to their chance discovery of a prominent rock formation, and the story goes from there...

When: Thursday, May 10th, 7pm
Where: Building 420, located in the main quad, Room 040 (in the basement).

To cover the costs of the screening, tickets will be available for $5, which can be bought at the door on the day of screening.

Please note that the movie will be in farsi.

* Crystal Simorgh for best Screenplay at 2007 Fajr International Film Festival
* Winner of Best Screenwriter award at Asian Film Festival
* Winner of Best Film in Traverse City Film Festival
* Official selection of Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Singapore Film Festival


PSA Breakfast

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Dear friends,

On behalf of the new PSA board, I am happy to announce that we are co-hosting the last of the 2011-12 breakfast events this Sunday (May 6). Please join us for a traditional breakfast (chai va noon o panir o halvardeh) as well as delicious pancakes, Iranian style omelet and cheese-omelet.

Add to your calendar:
What: PSA breakfast
Where: Second floor of GCC
When: Sunday, May 06, 2012 - 10am - 12pm


Hike @ Windy Hill - Sunday 4/29

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SALAAM!

Once again, we are going for a hike together on Sunday 4/29 ! This time we will enjoy the nature and have fun at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve!

We will have a small breakfast in at the parking lot (8:00 - 8:30) and then start the hike at 9:00.
If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC no later than 7:30.
If you like to skip the breakfast, please be at the entrance no later than 9:00.

Please RSVP here as soon as possible!

Directions:
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is located in the Town of Portola Valley. The parking lot at the lower portion of the preserve is located on Portola Road. From Highway 280, exit Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Go south on Alpine Road about 2.9 miles to Portola Road (the first stop sign). Turn right on Portola Road and travel 0.8 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road.

When: Sunday, April 29
7:30: Carpool from GCC at Stanford Campus (if you need a ride or would like to carpool, be in front of GCC)
8:00 - 8:30: Having breakfast at the parking lot
9:00: We will start the hike

How long does it take: Around 3 hours
How does it look like: See this link or this. Here is a map of trails!
What to bring: PSA will provide the breakfast. Bring hiking shoes, sunscreen, and your friends!!

Hope to see you all!


Game Night

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Dear friends,

We are having our second game night of the quarter this Friday. So, if you want retain your championship throne, or prove that your losses last time were flukes come join us in Nitery 210 and 211 this Friday, April 27th at 7pm. Please bring your favorite board games so we can play a variety of games. Light refreshment will be served to keep you hydrated!


PSA movie screening -A cube of sugar (یه حبه قند) this WEDNESDAY, with Reza Mirkarimi!

A cube of Sugar

Dear All,

We will be screening the long-awaited movie, A cube of sugar (یه حبه قند), by the highly acclaimed director, Reza Mirkarimi. This movie has been screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and we are so fortunate to have Mr. Mirkarimi have a special screening at Stanford. I urge you not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The screening will be followed by a discussion panel with Mr. Mirkarimi himself.

The story happens in an old house in an old city of Iran. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister, Pasandide, all of her sisters come to their old house to help their mother.

When: Wednesday, April 25th, 6pm
(NOTE: screening of "Men at Work" this Thursday is cancelled; we will reschedule it in the coming weeks and will let you know).
Where: Building 260, located in the main quad, Room 113.

This event is open to the public.

Note that Thursday's screening of "Men at Work" is CANCELLED (we will send you an announcement about rescheduling that movie in the coming weeks).

We are all extremely excited to have this screening at Stanford with Mr. Mirkarimi himself. We hope that you can all join us for this memorable night.


A Night with Abbas Maroufi, author of "Symphony of the Dead"

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Dear All,

PSA is very proud to host "A Night with Abbas Maroufi, Author of the Symphony of the Dead". Join us as the renowned Iranian author, Abbas Maroufi, gives a talk about his books and introduces his new works. We will also have a book signing session, so, don't miss this unique opportunity! The talk will be in Farsi. The event will be on Monday April 23rd at 7pm in Stanford's School of Education (Cubberly Building) in Room EDUC 128 . The school of Education is next to the clock tower at the intersection of Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave. Please refer to the following map. So, in summary:

What: A night with Abbas Maroufi
When: Monday April 23rd, at 7pm
Where : EDUC 128, Map
Hope to see you there!


PSA visit to Saba & meeting with Bobby Yazdani

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The Persian Students Association at Stanford University invites you to

A visit to Saba Software Inc &
A meeting with Bobby Yazdani
Thursday, April 19, 2012
4:00pm – 6:00pm

RSVP is required by MONDAY: form available here


About Bobby Yazdani:
Bobby Yazdani is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Saba. He was an industry pioneer in creating the Human Capital Management category in 1997, and has grown Saba into a $100 million+ profitable enterprise software business providing premier software and service solutions for people management and collaboration.
Saba's customers are global leaders across a broad range of industries and public sector organizations, and include BMW, Daimler AG, IBM, The American Red Cross, Procter and Gamble, Medtronic, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy, among many others. Bobby is a frequent spokesperson at industry events held by organizations such as the United Nations and The Economist. Prior to founding Saba, Bobby held various senior R&D management positions at Oracle Corporation.
Bobby has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has successfully mentored entrepreneurs and invested in many early stage start-ups including Aardvark, Clearspring, Dropbox, Google, Klout, Masimo, Medialets, NextBio, Salesforce.com, and Webs.com.

About Saba:
Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) enables organizations to build a transformative workplace that leverages the advent of social networking in business and the ubiquity of mobile to empower an organization’s most mission-critical assets – its people. The company provides a set of people-centric enterprise solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Saba delivers cloud-based learning management, talent management, and social enterprise solutions to transform the way people work.
Saba's premier customer base includes major global organizations and industry leaders in financial services, life sciences and healthcare, high tech, automotive and manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, packaged goods, and public sector organizations.
Saba's people platform enables enterprise learning, performance and compensation management, succession planning, and workforce planning that align, engage, develop, mobilize, and foster collaboration across employees, customers, and partners. The company has been recognized by leading industry analysts for excellence and innovation in unified people management, collaboration, and social networking, and serves a roster of over 1,400 customers with more than 19 million users across 150 countries. Saba's solutions are available on-premise or on-demand.

For more information, please see www.saba.com


PSA Breakfast

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Dear friends,

Please join us for another PSA breakfast. There will be Haleem, sangak and cheese as well as lots of fun, chatting with friends and making new friends. :-)
We are thinking of adding a surprise to this breakfast as well. All ideas are welcome!

What: PSA breakfast
Where: Second floor of GCC
When: Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 10am - noon


PSA movie screening - Tehran, Tehran by Mehrjui and Karampour (طهران، تهران)

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Dear All,

Join us for our first movie screening in 1391 as we will show "Tehran, Tehran" (طهران، تهران). This movie will take you back to Tehran, and will show you the point of view of two different generations: the old Tehran by the acclaimed director, Dariush Mehrjui, and the new Tehran by the young director, Mehdi Karampour. In episode 1 by Mehrjui, an ordinary family joins a group of wealthy people in a tour of Tehran to visit historical constructions and tourist attractions of the city in Nowruz holidays. In episode 2 by Karampour, young members of an Iranian band win permission to perform a concert at last, but right on the concert day, everything is canceled. Now they should search for a new location for their concert.

When: Thursday, April 12th, 7pm
Where: Building 420 (Jordan Hall), located in the main quad, Room 041 (in the basement).

To cover the costs of the screening, tickets will be available for $5, which can be bought at the door on the day of screening.
Please note that the movie will be in farsi.


PSA Hike

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SALAAM!

Once again, we are going for another hike to spend time together and enjoy the nature and have fun, this time at ‘Rancho San Antonio’! :)
We will have a small breakfast in Rancho San Antonio (8:00 - 8:30) and then start the hike at 9:00.
If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC no later than 7:30.
If you like to skip the breakfast, please be at Rancho San Antonio no later than 9:00.


PSA Game Night

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So, you think you can play? Well, let's see if you really can! We are planning a game night this Friday April 6 at Nitery 209 from 7pm to 11pm. So, bring your favorite board game, your takhte, your deck of cards, or your mafia mentality to get your game on! I will bring a poker set myself, but we are asking members to bring their own games.
Light refreshments will also be provided so you don't faint during this highly physical activity!


Winter Quarter Events:

First *ever* PSA Cook-off Contest

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Dear Friends,
We are very excited to announce the first *ever* PSA cook-off contest. This extremely fun event will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Wilbur dining hall between 3-8pm. Due to space limitation, we have to limited the number of teams to 5! So, talk to your friends and form teams of up to 3 people each and fill out this RSVP form by March 28 at noon! In the form you are asked to provide the names and email addresses of your team members as well as a description of the dish you will be cooking in the contest. This description is very important since we will be selecting the 5 teams who have proposed the most exciting dishes for the contest. We will have professional judges including Chef Brent Heckerman. Please read below before filling out the RSVP form.

Rules of the game:

  • Each team should shop for all the stuff required for the dish they are cooking prior to the event and bring the stuff with them at the day of the contest. PSA will reimburse each team for up to $60 upon receiving the shopping receipts.
  • Limited kitchenware is available in Wilbur dining hall but the teams are encouraged to bring their own pots (maximum of 2 per team) and any other uncommon kitchenware that they might require.
  • The teams should NOT cook white rice during the event. PSA will provide cooked white rice to any team that requires it as part of their dish. Any other type of rice based dish (baghali polo, loobia polo, tahchin, etc.) should be cooked by the teams during the contest.
  • Each team should cook one and ONLY one dish which can be either Iranian or non-Iranian.
  • The contest will begin at 3pm on March 31. Each team should start from scratch and cook one main dish.
  • The teams have 4 hours to finish cooking their dishes.
  • When the cooking time is up, the teams should present their dishes in two separate plates. A small portion plate (serving 1-2) will go to the 4 judges of the event. A bigger portion plate (serving 4-5) will be available to the attendees of the event to taste the food.
  • Each of the judges will comment on the taste, presentation and creativity of each team’s dish and rate their work on a scale of 0 to 10. The team with the highest average score will be the winner of the contest.


    PSA presents: Norooz 1391 Celebration

    E-Series

    Dear Friends

    PSA is proud to invite you all to our Norooz celebration event on Monday March 19th. Please join us in this joyous event, have a traditional "Sabzi Polo ba Maahi" dinner, enjoy some "Aajil and Shirini", enjoy an exceptional performance of "Setar" by Amir Nojan, join in the hype and count down for "Lahzeye Saal Tahvil" and send each other off to another great year. We will have a beautiful "haft-seen", great music and what not! The event will start at 7:30pm. Since our time plan has to be very accurate because of "Saal tahvil", please make sure to be there at 7:30pm sharp for dinner. We are still in need of volunteers to be able to organize the event, so please, if you have not done this so far, sign up to volunteer using this form.

    ای کاش آدمی‌ وطنش را همچون بنفشه‌ها می‌‌شد با خود ببرد هر کجا که خواست

    P.S. Special thanks to "Shima Alizadeh" for this beautiful Norooz Poster with the hand-drawing and calligraphy!


    Egg painting for 7sin

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    Dear Friends

    Since Norouz is just around the corner and we are planning to have this big Norooz event next week, we thought it would be nice if those of us who are interested could gather and help paint some eggs for PSA's 7sin! So please join us this Thursday March 15th at 6:30pm in Bechtel i-center kitchen area. We will provide everything (eggs, paints, brush, etc.). Just bring yourselves and your creative ideas to paint some eggs and have some fun! The colors that we are providing are all water soluble but just to be sure, please wear something comfortable. Hope to see you there!


    Chaharshanbe soori

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    Our Fellow Fire-Jumpers,

    We have good news for you! There will be fire and there will be jumping! The Persian Center is hosting a Chaharshambe Soori event on Tuesday, March 13th from 7pm till 10pm and you are all invited! Beside fire jumping, there will be food and good music to dance to. DJ Dr. T will be spinning it with special opening by DJ Amp! So mark your calendars because you don't want to miss this!
    Now, the Persian Center is in Berkeley and there are two options to get there. You can either drive yourself (carpool with friends), or you can hop on the über-cool bus that PSA is renting.
    If you decide to drive yourself, I should let you know that parking is going to be difficult to find, so plan ahead. If however, you decide to ride with the PSA bus, we are asking you to help cover the cost of the bus rental. here's how it's going to work out.

    Early bird: Reserve your spot early and save $5!
    1. Fill out this reservation form
    2. Pay a $10 fee by Thursday March 8th @8pm
    3. Show up at 6pm at the bus pickup location (TBD)

    As a reminder, there are only 22 spots on the bus! If you act too late, all the spots will be gone! Also, unless we have received your payment I won't be able to reserve a spot for you!


    PSA E-Series: Darian Shirazi

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    Dear Friends
    PSA proudly announces the first PSA E-Series talk. This Thursday, we are hosting Darian Shirazi and his talk is titled Pivoting to Success.
    RSVP is not required. However, we would appreciate your RSVP here, so that we could get an estimate of the number of attendees.

    When: Thursday, March 8th, 5:00--6:30pm
    Where: Nano 232

    Refreshments will be served at 5pm and the talk will start at 5:15pm.

    2012 PSA election and Sepandarmazgan dinner celebration


    Election

    Dear Friends
    It's that time of the year again! The time for us to gather and choose next year's leaders for our organization. So, while the election hype is all around us, let us meet on Friday evening (March 2nd), have a delicious Iranian dinner, meet our candidates and together discuss the future of our organization. In the mean time, those of you who are interested in becoming involved with PSA for next year, or have questions and concerns about being a PSA board member, please don't hesitate to contact me or other PSA board members. We would be more than happy to sit down and talk with you about our experiences with PSA and answer your questions. Those of you who have already made your mind and would like to run for the PSA board, please contact PSA directly and let us know.

    Sepandarmazgan

    When: Friday, March 2nd, 7:15pm

    Where: GCC Havana Room



    movie screening Thursday, March 1st, 7:30 PM-From house No. 37, از خانه شماره ۳۷


    House No. 37

    Dear All,
    As a part of our continuing movie series, the Persian Student Association is proud to be hosting another screening session on Thursday March 1st at 7:30 pm in Stanford Main Quad, building 320, Room 105 (Map Below). This time, we will be showing the film "From House No. 37" or "از خانه شماره ۳۷ " a film by Sam Kalantari and Mohsen Shahrnazdar. "From House No. 37" is a documentry about Sadegh Hedayat, the most prominent Persian writer of the twentieth century, Sadeq Hedayat (1903-1951) was the author of many short stories and novels, including the celebrated work, "The Blind Owl" (1936) which is considered among the 10 most important world surrealist literature works. This film has a profound and compelling look at his life from his childhood in Iran, his life in France until his suicide in Paris in the form of dialogues by presenting documents and photos. Even if you do not know Hedayat and are not interested in Iran’s literature, his Kafka-like characteristic in the film will absorb you for 68 minutes. This film is in Farsi with English subtitles.

    When: Thursday, March 1st, 7:30pm

    Where: Stanford Main Quad, Building 320, Room 105

    A borchure about the movie

    Hope to see you all on Thursday!


    movie screening Thursday 7PM-ورود آقایان ممنوع( NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION)


    Vorood Aghayan Mamnoon

    Dear All,
    Join us as we screen the much-awaited movie,ورود آقایان ممنوع, a comedy movie by Rambod Javan, starring Reza Attaran, Pegah Ahangarani, and many more great actors and actresses. This movie has topped the box office sales in Iran (around 6B toman!), and was a great hit this past summer. We hope that you will all join us next Thursday.

    When: Thursday, February 16th, 7pm
    Where (NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION): Herrin T175 (biology), located just across our usual screening room, on the other side of Serra mall.

    Please note that the movie will be in farsi.
    Hope to see you all on Thursday!


    PSA visit to Facebook

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    Dear PSA members

    PSA has organized a visit to Facebook's new headquarter on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2pm-5pm. There is going to be a short tour of Facebook's campus and a friendly chat about some of the interesting engineering and product problems Facebook is working on.
    We have been offered 15 spots. So please RSVP asap if you are planning to attend. As the space is very limited the priority goes to PSA volunteers and previous board members and the first RSVPs.

    Fared Shafinury & Tehranosaurus at Stanford


    Fared Shafinury

    Dear All,

    PSA is delighted to invite you for an intimate night of music on Stanford campus by talented young musician, Fared Shafinury and his band, Tehranosaurus.

    When: Friday February 10, 2012, 8 pm
    Where: Cubberley Auditorium
    Tickets: faredatstanford.eventbrite.com (early bird rates end on January 14, 2012)

    This event is presented by Persian Student Association, Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, and Bechtel International Center.


    PSA panel discussion

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    Dear All,

    PSA is happy to announce Professor Tebyani and Najafi from Sharif University will be joining us at Stanford for a panel discussion session about the career opportunities available for Iranian students abroad in Iran. The session will start with a short talk by the professors followed by a Q&A discussion.
    Please feel free to either email us your questions or bring your questions to the session.
    Where: Nano Building 232
    When: Monday Feb. 6th
    Time: 6:00 - 8:30PM

    About the guests:
    Mahmoud Tebyani
    Mohammad-Ali Najafi


    Persian Movie Series: Gold and Copper


    Gold and Copper

    Dear All,

    Join us for our first movie screening in 2012 as we will show "Gold and Copper", a movie by Homayoun As'adian.
    When: Thursday,Feb. 2nd, 2012 - 7pm
    Where: Building 420 (Jordan Hall), located in main quad, room 041 (in the basement)

    Please note that the movie will be in farsi. This film was very well received in Iran, and has received the Crystal Simorgh for the best movie in the 28th International Fajr film festival.


    Winter Quarter First Breakfast


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    Dear friends,

    We are continuing our breakfast get-togethers this quarter. So, Rise and Dine! Join us for a delightful morning meal and tea this coming Sunday (Jan 29th) and catch up with your friends in the new quarter. As usual we will have delicious treats for you, which we are keeping a surprise for now!

    When: Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 - 10am - 12pm
    Where: Second floor of GCC

    This event is open to all Stanford community.


    PSA Ski trip

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    Folks,

    It's our pleasure to let you know that we will have a ski trip getaway to Lake Tahoe for January 13-16! The ski trip has traditionally been the most fun PSA event of the year, so I encourage you all to join us for the getaway! Details of the event are as below:

    What: PSA ski trip
    Where: South Lake Tahoe, CA
    When: Jan 13-16, 2012

    Housing: 2 houses booked by PSA (one house with early quiet hours, and the other with late quiet hours)
    Transportation: Traditionally people have rented SUVs and carpooled
    Ski equipment: Most of us will rent at the ski resort and amateurs (like me!) can get an instructor as well!

    Space is very limited, so purchase your tickets early. We have an early bird purchase discount of $20 which runs until November 15th.
    Your ticket covers your housing and breakfast for the duration of the trip. There will be a late fee of $30 for tickets purchased after December 11th, so book your tickets early!


    Autumn Quarter Events:

    Yalda night

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    Dear PSA friends,

    I hope the last days of the quarter are going well and for those of you who still have exams I wish the best of luck.
    Next Wednesday, Dec 21, is the Yalda night (the longest night of the year). We are planning to have pomegranates, nuts, watermelon and Aash. There will be poem readings, a music performance and a fun surprise program. It will be a great Iranian night. So please mark your calendars.

    What: Yalda night celebration
    Where: Bechtel International Center
    When: Wednesday, Dec 21, 7:00- 10:00pm
    The event is free to Stanford Community.

    Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you there.


    Anaar-Doon-Konoon

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    Dear PSA friends,

    Let's gather in GCC, 2nd floor at 7pm this Tuesday for Anaar doon kardan. PSA is going to provide a light dinner, T-shirts and disposable gloves. It would be great help and fun if you could join other volunteers for this delicate task.


    PSA breakfast

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    Dear Friends,

    I know that many of us are so busy these days with the end of the quarter period. Give yourselves 1-2 hours of break on Sunday morning, enjoy the delicious Haleem and Sangak and Iranian style cheese, chat with friends and get some energy for the next week.

    Add to your calendar:
    What: PSA breakfast
    Where: Second floor of GCC
    When: Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 - 10am - 12pm


    The History of Setar and its Significant Role in Iranian Classical Music: A talk by Amir Nojan, along with a performance by Nava Setar ensemble

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    Please join us on December 3 2011, for a unique talk and performance of classical Iranian music. In the first part of the event Amir Nojan will share his expert knowledge of the history of Iranian music and explain the role that Setar, as a traditional Iranian instrument, has played in forming the foundations of our classical music. This part will be followed by a Q&A. The second part of the event will be a performance by Nava Setar ensemble. The talk will be in Farsi and the event is free and open to the public.

    What: Classical Iranian music workshop
    Where: Stanford university, Building 420, Room 041
    When: Saturday, December 3 2011, 3-5pm

    Short biography of Amir Nojan:

    Amir Nojan, musician, composer and director of NAVA ENSMBLE, was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1980. He studied graphic design in university. At the age of 12, he started playing the “Setar” (a member of the lute family) with Maestro Pejmanfar. He later continued his studies in Persian classical/traditional music and its various movements (Radif) as well as learning how to play “Tar” (another member of the lute family) with Maestro Dariush Talaei in 1998. The style of playing and teaching of this great Iranian music master encouraged him to conduct his own investigation into the different methods and styles of older master Setar players.
    As one of the outstanding students of Maestro Lotfi, he is proud of three years of his most recent apprenticeship. Within those years, he analyzed and reviewed the repertoire of Mirza Abdullah and other older Persian music pieces in Maestro Lotfi’s advanced classes. In addition to the above mentioned artists, he has benefited from the teachings of great masters such as Hooshang Zarif, Jalal Zolfonoon, Masud Shoari, Behdad Babai, and the late Mohsen Shams. With 14 years of directing and skillful executive experience, he has performed concerts in Iran, Denmark, Austria, Germany and Czech Republic. Nava’s first concert in the US was held on July 2011 at Santa Clara University. Amir Nojan has been teaching his knowledge of music since 1998. He has recently moved to the US and lives in northern CA.

    Nava Setar ensemble group photo
    Nava Setar Ensemble:

    • Ahmad Boostani: Setar
    • Andisheh Jahanbin: Setar
    • Sina Amiri: Setar
    • Reza Nasiri Mahalati: Setar
    • Amirhossein Kiani: Singer
    • Ali Bazyar: Tonbak
    • Amir Nojan: Setar (Band Director)


    Thanksgiving Dinner At the Persian Center

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    Dear Friends,

    The thanksgiving break is just around the corner. The Persian Center at Berkeley, has invited PSA members to their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, November 22nd. There will be traditional Thanksgiving turkey as well as Iranian dishes.

    Do you remember the trips (اردو) we had in Iran schools with mini-buses? PSA has rented a mini-bus for transportation to Berkeley. The bus will leave Stanford at 5:00pm and we will be back by 10:00pm. The pick up and drop off location is the parking area in front of GCC.

    The bus seats are very limited (22 seats). So please RSVP here to ensure your seat. Your early RSVP could help us changing the minibus to a larger one should it be needed. Also, please let us know the fun ideas you have for the time we are in the minibus.

    This event is FREE to PSA members.

    What: PSA trip to Berkeley and Thanksgiving dinner
    Where: The Persian Center at Berkeley
    When: Tuesday, November 22nd
    Pick-up: 5:00pm 11/22/11 from the parking area in front of GCC


    PSA Fall Party

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    Dudes and Dudettes!

    Get your party gear on because party rock is in the house this weekend! There will be booze, there will be music, and there will be an *EPIC* party! We will have an open bar and a professional bartender to serve you your drinks in style (feeling like a Mojito?). We will also have DJ Dadmehr with his custom lighting and fog gear, playing beats that make you wanna move!

    So, go ahead and RSVP here. RSVP is anonymous and not required but it helps us coordinate better with our shoppings and preparations.

    What: PSA FALL PARTY
    When: Saturday, November 19th, 8:30pm-midnight
    Where: Lyman Atrium.Map.

    Notes:

    • Admission will be FREE for PSA members and their guests.
    • You have to be 18+ to dip and 21+ to sip.
    • In case you would like to have alcoholic drinks, we are asking you to help us to cover alcohol costs. You can contribute by bringing alcohol based on the bartender's shopping list, or by cash ($10 for PSA members, $20 for PSA guests).


    Persian Movie Series: Please don't disturb

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    Dear all,

    For our third movie screening in this year we will have "Please Don't Disturb" (لطفآ مزاحم نشوید), a movie by Mohsen Abdolvahab, starring Baran Kosari. For a change of theme, this will be a comedy-drama movie. It is composed of three episodes about life in Tehran. We hope that you will all join us next Thursday.

    When: Thursday, November 17th, 7pm
    Where: Building 420 (Jordan Hall), located in the main quad, Room 041 (in the basement). Map.

    Notes:

    • This movie will be in Farsi.

    This film has received the Crystal Simorgh for best supporting actress and an honorary mention for the best leading actor in the 28th International Fajr film festival.


    PSA Poetry Night

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    Dear all,

    We are pleased to announce that the first PSA poetry night will be held this Thursday Nov.10th, form 7pm to 9pm in the living room of Bechtel international center. Please join us for an evening of Persian poetry to listen to your friends' favorite poems and recite your own most-liked ones.

    When: Thursday, November 10th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Where: living room of Bechtel international center

    Light refreshments will be served.
    For those who are interested the PSA book collection cataloged as "Simin Daneshvar" in Green Library is also available to you.

    Hope to see you on Thursday night!


    "What to do After Graduation", a talk about legal immigration and visa options after graduation

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    Dear all,

    The Persian Student Association is hosting a talk followed by a Q&A session about legal immigration options after graduation. Join us as Mr. Tom Williams III, an attorney with 20 years of experience in immigration laws, informs us about legal immigration options after graduation and answers all of our questions in the following Q&A panel. The talk is aimed for students, graduate students, and post‐docs who are interested in obtaining permanent residence in the United States after they graduate. This is a great opportunity to get answers to all the questions you may have from an experienced lawyer.

    When: Monday Nov. 7th, 7pm to 9pm
    Where: Y2E2 Building (located in the engineering quad), Room 111, Stanford CA. Map.
    Refreshments will be served 15 minutes earlier

    the presentation will address the following topics:

    • What are your visa options?
    • What evidence do you need to provide?
    • What are the advantages of an H‐1B over a green card application?
    • Is an H‐1B necessary to apply for a green card?
    • Under what conditions can you get a green card?
    • What are the restrictions regarding where you can work?
    • What other requirements must you meet when you apply for an employment‐based green card?
    • What are the requirements for your employer?
    • How can you lose green card status?
    • What are the 5 employment‐based preference classifications for permanent residence status?
    • Which of those preference classifications are most advantageous?
    • What are the 3 steps in the process for getting a green card through an offer of employment?
    • What are the issues involved in an I‐140 petition?
    • How long does the process typically take?

    About Thomas A Williams:

    Thomas A. Williams III is an attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience, over 20 of which have been in the field of U.S. immigration law. He lectures on U.S. immigration law at colleges and universities across the United States and has given seminars on U.S. immigration law at institutions such as Harvard, M.I.T., Johns Hopkins, Duke, Ohio State, University of Maryland and the University of Virginia.

    Mr. Williams manages a team of attorneys specially selected from across the country based on their years of experience as well as their strengths in particular fields in U.S. immigration law. All attorneys are licensed to practice federal immigration law in any state in the United States. Attorneys are located in Virginia (DC metropolitan area), New York/New Jersey, California, Texas and other states.

    The firm has represented a wide range of professionals, including those holding degrees in:

    • Information Technology
    • Engineering
    • Medicine and Medical Research
    • Biomedical Research
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • International Business

    Faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and professionals in many fields have also been represented. The firm’s clientele includes those from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Russia, South America, Central America and North America.

    Mr. Williams has been licensed to practice law in the State of Virginia since May 1980. He has practiced immigration and naturalization law for more than 20 years, specifically focusing on:

    • Professional Visas (H-1B, specialty occupations)
    • Multinational Executives or Managers & Intra-company Transferees (L-1)
    • Aliens of Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professors and Researchers (EB-1)
    • National Interest Waiver petitioners (EB-2, post-doctorates and others)
    • Labor Certification applicants (Bachelors & Masters degree holders and Skilled Workers)


    Persian Movie Series: So Close, So Far

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    Dear all,

    The Persian Student Association is hosting another film screening session as part of our continuing movie series. This time we are screening The movie "So Close, So Far", a multi award winning film by director Reza Mirkarimi.

    The film has received multiple prestigious awards around the globe, including:

    • 23rd Fajr International Film Festival Crystalline Simorgh for Best Film
    • 9th Cinema House Best Film Award Statues
    • 9th Cinema House Ceremony, Writers and Critics Best Film Award
    • Cairo IFF Technical Achievement Award for Best Cinematography

    What: Persian Movie Series: So Close, So Far
    When: Thursday Nov. 3rd, 2011: 7pm - 9pm
    Where: Building 420 (Jordan Hall) located in the main Quad, Room 041 (in the basement), Stanford, CA. Map
    Notes:

    • This movie will be in Farsi.


    Breakfast 3 - Mehregan celebration

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    Dear friends,

    Join us for another PSA breakfast, this time to celebrate the belated Mehregan, the Persian festival of autumn.

    When: Sunday October 30, 2011, 10 am
    Where: Second floor of GCC

    This event is open to all Stanford community.
    We are going to make Iranian-style Omelet as well as serving the traditional "Noon chai panir". Please RSVP here.


    PSA Hike and Breakfast

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    Hello friends,

    Once again, we are going for another hike to spend time together and enjoy the nature and have fun, this time at ‘Rancho San Antonio’! :)
    We will have a small breakfast in Rancho San Antonio (9:30 – 10:00) and then start the hike at 10:00.
    If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC between 8:50 – 9:00.
    If you like to skip the breakfast, please be at Rancho San Antonio no later than 10:00.

    Where: Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Los Altos, CA

    How To Get There: From I-280, north or south, take the Foothill Boulevard exit and proceed south on Foothill Boulevard approximately 0.2-mile to Cristo Rey Drive. Turn right on Cristo Rey Drive, continue for about 1 mile, veer right around the traffic circle, and turn left into the County Park entrance. There are several parking lots, including one designated for equestrian trailers. The trailhead for the preserve is located adjacent to the 85-car parking area in the northwest lot.

    When: Saturday, October 22 8:50 - 9:00: Carpool from GCC at Stanford Campus (if you need a ride or would like to carpool, be in front of GCC)
    9:30 – 10:00: Having breakfast at Rancho San Antonio
    10:00: We will start the hike

    How long does it take: Around 2-3 hours
    What to bring: hiking shoes, sunscreen, and your friends!!

    Iran sanctions: Legal Implications for Iranian Americans

    Iran Sanctions

    PSA, IABA and PAAIA invite you to a panel discussion on Legal Implications of Iran Sanction Laws on Iranian Americans. Please join us as prominent legal experts discuss a range of topics relating to the recent OFAC sanctions against Iran and their implications on Iranian Americans, including:
    • Transferring funds to/from Iran,
    • Imports/exports,
    • Purchasing/selling property,
    • Managing an inheritance and investments.

    What: Panel discussion on Legal Implications of Iran Sanction Laws on Iranian Americans.
    When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30pm
    Where: Stanford University-Building 420 (Jordan Hall), room 041


    PSA Welcome Dinner

    PSA Welcome Dinner

    Dear PSA members,

    You are all cordially invited to PSA's annual Welcome Dinner. This is a great opportunity to meet most of the Iranian students at Stanford, make new friends and also enjoy the dinner. At this event, we will also let you know about our plans for the coming year.

    • When: Friday October 14, 2011: 7pm - 9pm
    • Where: 750 Escondido Road, GCC - Havana Room
    This event is open to Stanford community.
    Please RSVP for PSA welcome dinner using this form.

    Persian Movie Series: Day Break

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    Dear all,

    This year, the Persian Student Association is continuing the tradition of hosting film screenings to showcase critically-acclaimed movies to our community. We are proud to start this academic year with the screening of "Day Break" (دم صبح), a multi award winning film by director Hamid Rahmanian. Based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside Tehran's century-old Evin prison, the movie revolves around the imminent execution of Mansour (Hossein Yari), a man found guilty of murder. The film has received multiple prestigious awards around the globe, including:

    • Jury award, Annonay International Film Festival
    • Winner, Fajr Film Festival
    • Best Actor, International Festival of Cinema & Religion, Italy
    • Official selection, Toronto International Film Festival
    • Official selection, Tribeca Film Festival

    What: Persian Movie Series: Day Break
    When: Thursday October 6th, 2011: 7pm - 8:45pm
    Where: Building 320 located in the main Quad, Room 105, Stanford University
    Notes:

    • This movie will be in Farsi with English subtitles.


    PSA Breakfast

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    Dear Friends,

    Let us celebrate last day of summer withan Iranian style breakfast. Join us, catch up with old friends and meet with new incoming students, and enjoy the breakfast. The breakfast will be delicious and there will be lots of fun after that.

    Date: Sunday September 25, 2011
    Time: 10 am
    Place: Second floor of GCC

    This event is open to all Stanford community.

    Please RSVP and share your breakfast ideas with us using this form.
    We are considering options like halim, noon-sangak and cheese, Halvaarde, adasi, etc. We will finalize the breakfast based on your comments.

    Hope to see you all there!


    PSA Breakfast and hike

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    Salaam Doostan,

    Once again, we are going for another hike to spend time together and enjoy the nature and have fun, this time at Hidden Villa!

    We will have a small breakfast in Hidden Villa (9:30 to 10:00) and then start the hike at 10:00. If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC between 9:00 to 9:10. If you like to skip the breakfast, please be at Hidden Villa no later than 10:00.

    Where: Hidden Villa, Moody Road , Los Altos Hills , CA
    When: Saturday, September 10
    9:00 - 9:10: Carpool from GCC at Stanford Campus (if you need a ride or would like to carpool, be in front of GCC)
    9:30 - 10:00: Having breakfast at Hidden Villa Picnic tables
    10:00: We will start the hike
    How long does it take:Around 3 hours
    What to bring:Please bring hiking shoes, sunscreen,and your friends!!

    Can't wait to see you all!

    PSA Iftar

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    Dear PSA members,

    You are all invited to PSA's iftar event on Saturday Aug 27 in Old Union, 3rd floor. We are going to serve a delicious Iranian-style dinner. Please mark this date on your calendars.

    Also, we are thinking of cooking something together! (besides the main dishes that we are going to buy from caterers.) Initial thoughts were some Iranian style 'Aash' or 'Shole Zard'. It would be really fun to gather together and stir this delicious meal until it gets ready and remember 'Nazri-pazoon'. :-) Of course this part of the plan strongly depends on interested volunteers. Don't worry if you don't know recipes or lack experience. We'll figure it out. :-) Please email us soon if you are interested in this part.

    Hope to see you all there!

    PSA Hike

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    Salam Doostan,

    Once again, we are going for a hike together! This time we will enjoy the nature and have fun at Windy Hill Space Preserve!
    We will have a small breakfast at GCC from 9:00 to 9:30. (seperate from hike, including chay-noon-panir-goje-halvarde!) If you want to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC before 9:30. We will meet at 10:00 at Windy Hill! (location described below )

    Where: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola Valley, CA(intersection of Alpine Rd and Meadow Trail)
    When: Saturday, July 30,
    9:00am-9:30am: Breakfast at GCC Second floor (noon-chay-panir!)
    9:30am: If you need a ride or would like to carpool, be in front of GCC
    10:00am: Please be at the addressmentioned above
    How long does it take: Around 3 hours
    What to bring: PSA will bring water. Bring hikingshoes, sunscreen, and your friends!!


    PSA Breakfast

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    Folks,

    The PSA is hosting an Iranian style breakfast Saturday morning. The event begins with Halim (Halaal) with turkey and tea; after breakfast, there will be time for some chatting and games (card games, monopoly, etc). Details of the event are as below:

    Date: Saturday July 9, 2011
    Time: Breakfast from 10 to 11; chitchat and games from 11 to 13
    Place: Second floor of GCC

    Hope to see you all there!


    PSA Hike

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    salaam Doostan,

    Lets go for a hike to have some fun and enjoy the nature this Saturday.

    In summary:

    Where: Huddart Park
    1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside 94062

    When: Saturday, June 25

    Please be at the mentioned address at 10:00am
    How long does it take: Around 2.5 hours
    How does it look like: See this link or this.
    < What to bring: PSA will bring water. Bring hiking shoes, sunscreen and your friends!!

    Hope to see you!


    PSA Lasertag Event:

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    Dear friends,

    We are planning a laser tag event to celebrate the end of spring quarter together. For those of you who have not played laser tag before, I should add that this is a fun game for all ages :)

    We will book the whole atrium of the "LaserQuest" in Mountain View for two games (~40 minutes), sometime after 7 pm on June 8th . We will also arrange for the carpool from campus. The cost will be about $15 per person + tax.

    Number of spots are limited, so please sign up as soon as you can.

    To learn more about the place you can look at: "http://www.laserquest.com/Locations/USALocations.aspx?cntr=Mountain%20View" http://www.yelp.com/biz/laser-quest-mountain-view

    Persian Movie Series: Tehroun

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    Dear friends,

    The Persian Student Association at Stanford University is proud to host another film screening session as part of our movie series. Join us at the screening of the movie: "Tehroun" by Nader Homayoun .
    Wednesday , June 1st, 2011 : 7pm - 8:30pm
    Stanford University Building 320 located in the main Quad, Room 105 Stanford, CA

    Please note that this movie will be in Farsi with English subtitles.
    In this comedy-drama film the director sheds a new light on the criminal underside of life in Tehran's low life areas. This film has received multiple awards around the globe, including:
    * Grand Jury Award, Angers Festival, France 2010
    * Critique and Audience Award, Venice Film Festival 2009


    PSA Hike and Barbeque

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    Dear Friends,

    This Saturday (May 21st) we will go hiking at the Stanford dish, which is a beautiful and moderate 3.5-miles-long hike trail. So, come with your friends, get some outdoors exercise and socialize with new friends! Even better, we will have HALEEM as breakfast and a barbecue event right after we return from the hike to Stanford campus! We will have fish, chicken and some surprises on the grill, and also salad and different drinks and snacks.
    Here is the detailed plan:
    9:00am: we will gather in GCC second floor for haleem and tea 9:30am (SHARP): we will walk together from GCC to the dish 12:00pm: we will return from hike and walk together to McFarland barbeque spot in EV The weather forecasts looks pretty nice. You'll need to wear a good pair of shoes or hiking boots and bring a jacket since it can get fairly cool there. Also it may be a good idea to put on sunscreen. We'll provide water for the hike. This event is funded by the GSC and open to all Stanford Students.

    So in summary:
    What: Hiking at Stanford Dish
    When: Saturday May 21st 2011
    Where: gather in GCC at 9:00am
    What will I need to bring? Good shoes or boots, jacket and possibly sunscreen and your friends!!


    Fire on fire V

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    Dear Friends,

    Come join us for the re-edition of FireOnFire, a multinational BBQ party bringing together the outdoor cuisines from Iran, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Romania and Turkey on Saturday May 14, 6-10pm.
    On the PSA grill we will have chicken and beef kabobs (both halal) and grilled corn on the cob. There are also lots of other BBQs, vegi foods and drinks available at other tables.

    Just 2 notes:
    * As this is an event on invitation only, you can RSVP on the event's facebook page! It also helps us to get a better estimate of the number of attendants.
    * We are looking for volunteers to help us with this event since there is a lot to do. If you have some free time (even at the order of 30 mins) on the day of the event or before that, please let me know.

    This event is funded by the GSC and by the Billie Achilles fund.
    PS: This is the first event that the new PSA board is involved with; We are more than excited to see you all there!
    PS2: Don't be late, the delicious food may not last till the end of the event. :-)


  • Regular Events:

    PSA Thursday lunch

    • When: Every Thursday at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Where: Engineering Quad, in the open space between Huang Center and Nano.

    Erfan Poetry classes

    • When : Every Tuesday at 6:00pm
    • Where: Please see PSA calendar for location.
       

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