PSA Events 2012-2013

Spring Quarter Events:

Laser Tag

Laser Tag

Dear friends,

The academic year is coming to its end and everyone and the board is onto wrapping up and passing the baton to the new board :)

On behalf of the board, I would like to invite you to the last event of this board, LASER TAG, on the last day of the quarter, June 12th. Please join your friends to have some fun at Laser Quest on Wednesday evening at 7:30PM.

NOTE: Please RSVP soon as the space is quite limited.

  • What: PSA Laser Tag
  • Where: Laser Quest in Mountain View
  • When: Wedneday Jun. 12, 2013 at 7:30PM
  • Cost: $20/pp for an hour of game
  • Carpool: carpool arrangement planning will be sent out to people who sign up.

PSA Breakfast


Salam Doostaan,

I hope you are doing well. There is not much time left before the end of Spring quarter, so we would like to invite you to take a short break from studying and hard work to join us for breakfast at 10 am this Sunday morning on the second floor of the GCC. Halim+Sangak as well as our Ombudsperson's famous recipe of Baguette+Nutella+Mascarpone will be served to whet your appetite, whatever your taste may be. We look forward to seeing you all soon. If you plan to attend, please register your RSVP here.

  • What: Halim+Sangak & Baguette+Nutella+Mascarpone
  • When: Sunday, June 2nd, 10 am to noon
  • Where: Second Floor of GCC

Photography workshop

Dear PSA members,

This Friday night we will be hosting a photo outing preceded by a short presentation on the basics of photography. The presentation is specifically geared for a NON-technical audience and is example driven.

The focus of this first photo outing will be nighttime photography. You are welcome to bring your own camera and tripod, but we can also share equipments.

We will meet at 8:00pm for 20min presentation followed by a walk around the campus to practice.

  • What: Photography workshop
  • When: Friday May 17, 8:00 PM
  • Where: Gates 104

PSA E-Series: A Talk by Narges Bani Asadi


Hi All,

Please join us this Wednesday for the next E-series event. Narges Bani Asadi, CEO and Founder of Bina Technologies, will talk about her experience of starting a company and answer questions about Bina's product and market.


  • What: A Talk by Narges Bani Asadi, Founder of Bina Technologies
  • When: Wednesday May 15, 7:00 PM (Pizza and Refreshments will be served)
  • Where: Bechtel I-Center Conference Room

Bina is the big data science platform accelerating personalized medicine for researchers and clinicians requiring fast, accurate and scalable genomic analysis. The word "Bina" means "knowledge" or "insight", translated from both Persian and Hebrew. Bina uses cutting-edge big data technologies to dramatically reduce the amount of time and money required to process raw genetic data in order to generate insights for personalized medicine.

More info: "With $6.25M In Tow, Bina Technologies Wants To Bring Big Data Insight To Genomic Sequencing"

Narges Bani Asadi founded Bina to bring the results of many years of multidisciplinary research on systems biology and high performance computing at Stanford University and UC Berkeley to the world of genomics. Narges has extensive experience in informatics and high performance computing. She holds multiple patents, and has several publications including the award-winning “ParaLearn” paper at the 2010 International SuperComputing Conference. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. When not changing the world through her mastery of high performance computing, Narges loves spending time in nature, hiking, as well as enjoying Persian poetry and music.

PSA 20th Anniversary

20th anniversary

The Persian Student Association at Stanford University
cordially invites students, alumni, and their guests to
The PSA 20th Anniversary Reunion
featuring a performance by
Mohsen Namjoo

Saturday, May 11th, 6 pm, Tresidder Union Oak Lounge

Ticket Sales:

Early-bird tickets are available now through May 5th at the ticket website. After purchasing your tickets please complete this RSVP form, so that we may better arrange seating. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this program you may purchase a full table by contacting the Stanford Ticket Office at (650) 725-2787.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters
The Bechtel International Center
The Persian Center at Berkeley
Pejman and Mania Nozad

The Persian Student Association at Stanford University, founded in May of 1993, year after year has been working to promote Iranian culture in the Bay Area, serve as a base of support for Iranian students at Stanford University, and represent our community at this institution and the Bay Area at large. To celebrate this decades-long effort, connect the alumni with current students, and prove the importance of this community to the historic success of the university, we will be hosting a 20th anniversary celebration and dinner at the Tresidder Union Oak Lounge on the evening of May 11th, 2013. We look forward to seeing the hundreds of Iranian students and alumni of Stanford at this event soon.

PSA E-Series: Site visit to DropBox

Drop Box

Hi All,

Please join us on Monday May 6th to visit DropBox. The visit includes meeting with a group of engineers and executives (including Founder and CTO Arash Ferdowsi) followed by lunch at DropBox HQ. RSVP is required for this event.


  • What: PSA's Visit to DropBox
  • When: Monday, May 6th, 11:30AM-1:00PM
  • Where: 185 Berry St (btwn 3rd & 4th St), San Francisco, CA 94107
  • Transportation will be provided by PSA We'll leave Stanford by 10:30AM and will be back by 2:00PM

PSA E-series: Roundtable Discussion with NimaAsgharbeygi

Hi All,

The next e-series event will be a roundtable discussion featuring former PSAer and Co-Founder of Clever Sense Nima Asgharbeygi. Please join us to hear about his experience: from generating the idea, which happened during his graduate studies at Stanford, to building a powerful recommendation engine that was later acquired by Google.


  • What: Roundtable Discussion with Nima Asgharbeygi
  • When: Monday April 29, 7:00 PM (Pizza and Refreshments will be served)
  • Where: Bechtel I-Center Conference Room
Drop Box

Game night


We are having a game night tonight! Please make your way to the second floor of Nitery at 8pm with your favorite game in hand and ready to play and snack! Yes, that means we'll provide refreshments so you don't dehydrate :)

PSA E-series: RevelTouch

Hi All,

Our first E-series event this year is about mobile commerce. We will visit RevelTouch, a Palo Alto-based startup that provides a cloud-based front-end platform for building powerful mobile shopping and branding experiences. We will get a chance to meet with the team and hear from the company's founder Mar Hershenson about their product and new opportunities in this space.


  • What: PSA Visit to RevelTouch
  • When: Monday April 22, 4:00 PM
  • Where: 250 Cambridge Ave Suite 301, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Please see below for more info about RevelTouch and Dr. Mar Hershenson.

RevelTouch provides highly responsive, touch-optimized shopping experiences for iPads and other touch devices.

More info: ``Revel Touch Raises $10M To Help Retailers Create Sleek Mobile Commerce Apps''

About Mar Hershenson: Mar founded her first company, Barcelona Design, in 1999 (with famed Stanford University professor, Stephen Boyd) while still a grad student at Stanford. In the process, she forever changed the business of circuitry design by using simple, elegant mathematical equations to build custom analog circuits in a matter of hours and walked away with an MIT Innovator Under 35 Award. She then founded Sabio Labs, another circuit design company, which was acquired by Magma Design. After a stint as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Foundation Capital, she is focusing on how to make Revel Touch the platform of choice for creating mobile shopping experiences. She earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University (where she also worked as a professor for nearly a decade) and holds several patents. In her spare time, Mar serves on the board of Palo Alto Community Child Care.

PSA movie screening - Kolah ghemezi va bache naneh

movie poster

Dear Friends,

PSA movie screening group is proud to announce the screening of "Kolah ghermezi va bache naneh (کلاه قرمزی و بچه ننه)". In this movie, trouble making of “Pesar Amme Za”, makes headache for Kolah Ghermezi and "Aghaye Mojri" and a new story happens that results in coming of an uninvited guest.

  • When: Thursday April. 18th, 7 pm
  • Where: Building 320, Room 105 (please see the map for more information about the new location)

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

Please note that the movie is in Persian.

movie poster

A Book Talk and Book Signing with Seyyed Ebrahim Nabavi


Wednesday, April 17th, 6:30-8 pm, Building 200, Room 002

Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting at 4 pm


This event will be in Persian

Copies of Mr. Nabavi's new book Kashkool will be available for purchase and signing at the event

Presented by:

The Persian Student Association at Stanford University
The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

Seyyed Ebrahim Nabavi was born in 1958 in Astara, Iran. He studied sociology at Shiraz University and the University of Tehran. Before becoming a journalist he served in the government in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the Ministry of Interior, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. He went on to work at Soroush magazine, Hamshahri Monthly magazine, and the satirical Gol-Agha magazine. He became famous after starting his daily column Sotun-e Panjom (Fifth Column) in the newspaper Jame'eh, and the like-minded newspapers that followed it. His success in that role earned him the prize of Satirist of the Year from the Iranian Journalists Association three years in a row, from 1998 to 2000. He is a recipient of the 1999 Hellman Hemmett Grant, the 2005 Prince Claus Award, and the 2009 Puccini Award from the Viareggio Festival in Italy. He currently resides in Belgium, and writes for the online newspaper Rooz, as well as the Jaras website.

PSA Breakfast

Dear PSA Members and Alumni,

You are cordially invited to the first breakfast event of 1392. Please join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM on the second floor of the Graduate Community Center (GCC) to meet with different generations of PSAers and enjoy delicious Haleem and fresh Sangak!

As we are approaching PSA’s 20th Anniversary, this will also be a great opportunity for us to share our memories over the years. For those who are interested, we are planning to record short videos of you telling your stories/comments about PSA and show them in the 20th Anniversary event on May 11th. So please come prepared! :)

Please Mark Your Calendars:

  • What: Breakfast with PSA members and alumni
  • Where: Second Floor of GCC
  • When: Sunday, Apr. 14th 10:00 AM

Winter Quarter Events:

13 be dar


Dear friends,

I hope everyone is enjoying Norouz and their Spring Break!

Once again, Norouz marked a new year on our Persian calendar, and the 13th day of the year is just around the corner. To celebrate 13-bedar, just before the beginning of Spring Quarter, we have organized a gathering for PSA members on campus. We will get together on Sunday, Mar. 31st at 1PM at the Bechtel International Center lawns for lunch (joojeh-kabab & other food surprises). Please join your friends to celebrate this ancient day, have lunch, play games, and,if you wish, tie a bunch of grass for good luck.

  • What: PSA 13-Bedar Lunch
  • Where: Bechtel I-Center Lawns
  • When: Sunday Mar. 31, 1PM to 4PM



Salam Doostaan,

I hope you are doing well. Even though it may be difficult to tell from the local weather, as you know we are in the last days of Winter. We are getting ready to celebrate the start of Spring next week, and with it the commencement of a new year on the Persian calendar. This year the moment marking the new year will be on March 20th at 04:01:56 am local time. To celebrate Norooz and the Persian New Year, we have organized a gathering for PSA members on campus. We will get together on March 19th at 8:30 pm at the Bechtel International Center for dinner. After dinner, we will play games and watch movies until "saal tahvil" in the morning, and then have some halim for breakfast. It will be wonderful to spend the new year together as a community, and we will of course also be able to enjoy each others' company through the long evening. Please be sure to bring your favorite games for the night. We will also need several volunteers to help with setup beforehand and tear-down afterwards. Please RSVP if you plan to attend or volunteer.

  • What: Celebrating Norooz 1392
  • When: March 19th, 8:30 pm
  • Where: Bechtel International Center

Egg Painting

Egg painting

Dear PSAers,

Norouz is drawing closer and the sense of Spring season is more warmly felt everywhere; thanks to the California weather! We all know a major part of the 7-seen is eggs, and painting a bunch of creative-shapes on them at Norouz time is just very exciting! So, please join your friends to have a tone of fun painting your favorite figures on a bunch of eggs next Monday at 6PM.

  • What: PSA Norouz Egg-Painting
  • Where: Bechtel I-Center, Stanford
  • When: Monday, Mar. 18th - 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Painting material and eggs are provided. So, only bring yourself and your fun ideas for painting :). Everyone is welcome to either take their work for their own 7-seen at home, or contribute them to the PSA 7-seen (on Mar. 19th).

Chahar Shanbeh Souri

Chahar Shanbe Souri

Salam Doostaan,

I hope you are all doing well. We are organizing a van to take PSA members up to Berkeley for their upcoming Chahar Shanbeh Souri event. On March 12th, we will meet in the parking lot across from the Graduate Student Center (GSC) at 5 pm, and will return to the same area by 10:30 or 11 pm. However, there are a limited number of seats available, so I encourage you to sign up quickly.

  • What: Chahar Shanbeh Souri Trip
  • When: Tuesday, March 12th, 5 pm
  • Where: Parking lot across from GSC
  • Who: PSA Members


Wednesday, March 6th, 7 - 8:30 pm, William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting at 4 pm
Free and open to the public
This event will be in English

Presented by:
The Persian Student Association at Stanford University
The Billie Achilles Fund and the Bechtel International Center

Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford. He received his M.A. in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2007 in Iranian and Persian Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Undergraduate Core Curriculum and as the Lecturer on Old Iranian at Harvard from 2007-2009. He was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities from the National Council for the Humanities in 2010. He teaches a number of courses related to ancient and late antique Iran, including Old Persian and Middle Persian Language and Literature; Winged Bulls and Sun Disks: Religion and Politics in the Persian Empire and Priests, Prophets, and Kings: Religion and Society in Late Antique Iran. He also teaches classes on Zoroastrianism, such as Beyond Good and Evil: A Thematic Introduction to Zoroastrianism and Sugar in the Milk: Modern Zoroastrianism as Race, Religion, and Ethnicity. He is currently working on a book project on Zoroastrian scriptural interpretation in Late Antiquity and he is a co-editor of the forthcoming, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Zoroastrianism, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell of Oxford, U.K. in 2013.

Iran Travelogue - An Accidental Look into the Distant Past

Iran Travelogue Talk

Monday, March 4th, 6:30PM, Bechtel International Center, Assembly Room

Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting After 4PM
Free and open to the public
This event will be in English

Presented by:
The Persian Student Association at Stanford University

Nersi Ramazannia will be sharing his personal discovery of little known historical sites and facts surrounding ancient Near Eastern societies that played major roles in the development of human civilization. Also, the impact of urbanization's needs on this vulnerable heritage will be examined. One of the places highlighted in this talk is the ancient town of Rey, south of Tehran.

Nersi Ramazannia is a Berkeley resident who recently spent some time in Iran exploring various ancient sites. Born and raised in Khuizestan, Iran, Nersi has been fascinated from an early age by the myriad of undefined ancient sites he has lived close to. He attended Bucknell University and currently works as a consultant in the Software Industry.

PSA movie screening - There are things you don't know

There are things you don't know

Dear friends,

PSA movie group is proud to announce the screening of "There are thing you don't know (چیز‌هایی‌ هست که نمی دانی)".

Staring Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa and Mahtab Keramati, the movie tells the story of a secluded taxi driver in Tehran which is awaiting an earthquake; He has chosen to distance himself from society and to be passive so as not to be hurt. Finally one of his passengers gives him enough motivation to act and bring about a change in his life.

(please note the change of the date and location of the event)

When: Wednesday Feb. 27th, 7 pm
Where: Encina Hall, Room C464 (please see map below for more information about the location, Encina hall is on Serra Mall, close to Hoover Bldg.)

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

Please note that the movie is in Farsi.


Sepandarmazgan dinner celebration and PSA election


Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Persian Students Association Sepandarmazgan dinner to be held on Tuesday Feb 26 7-10 PM. I am also excited to announce that PSA election period is now upon us. Candidates running for next year’s board of directors will share their goals and plans with you during this night. So please join us to have delicious Persian food*, meet the candidates, and ask your questions. This will be a great occasion for all of us to think and converse about the future of our organization.

  • Time: Tuesday, Feb 26, 7-10pm
  • Location: GCC, Havana room
  • This event is open to all Stanford students, staff, faculty, and their families.

If you like to nominate yourself for the upcoming election please send our ombudsperson, Alireza Sharafat, an email with your statement no later than Monday Feb 25.

Please note, we are also holding a meeting this Friday February 22nd, at 2 pm in room 215 of the Old Union to meet those who are interested in running for office and answer any questions that they may have.

* Food is provided by Faz restaurant.

PSA Movie screening - A Walk In The Fog

A walk in the fog

Dear Friends,

PSA movie screening group is happy to announce the screening of our first movie of 2013, A Walk in the fog (پرسه در مه‌) by Bahram Tavakoli.

Staring award-winning actors Leila Hatami, Shahab Hosseini and Masoud Rayegan, the movie is about Amin (Shahab Hosseini) a pianist who is facing problems after his marriage to an actress Roya, (Leila Hatami). He looses his job and his wife. Amin is in coma and has forgotten almost everything about the past, but he remembers some of his misty memories, He decides to make a new past for himself with recollection of these memories.

For more information about the director please read below.

  • When: Thursday Jan. 31st, 7 pm
  • Where: Building 160, Room 328 (please see map below for more information about the location)

To cover the costs of the venue, 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 Ski Trip

Ladies and Gentlemen!

It's my pleasure to let you know that we will have our yearly ski trip getaway to Lake Tahoe for January 18-21! The PSA ski trip to Tahoe has always been a blast! So if you love to ski, snowboard, have snow balls thrown at you, or sit in a hot tub in a cold chilly winter night, sign up and save your spot! Details of the event are as below:

  • What: PSA Ski Trip
  • Where: South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • When: Jan 18-21, 2013

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!

Tickets are available from today. Space is very limited, so purchase your tickets early. We have an early bird purchase discount of $15 which runs until November 26th. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • PSA members: $155 ($140 before Nov. 26th)
  • First year PSA members: $140 ($125 before Nov. 26th)
  • PSA 2012 Volunteers (for previous events): $140 ($125 before Nov. 26th)
  • Guests of PSA members: $180 ($165 before Nov. 26th)

Your ticket covers your housing and breakfast for the duration of the trip. There will be a late fee of $20 for tickets purchased after December 20th, so book your tickets early!

To purchase your ticket, please register here. Payment instructions will be mailed to you if space is available. Your ticket pricing depends on when your payment is received, and not on the registration date. Your place is guaranteed only once your payment is received.

By registering for the trip, you agree to the following policies:

  • Cancellation: The cancellation and refund terms are as follows.
    • Cancel by Nov. 26: 20% penalty
    • Cancel by Dec. 20: 50% penalty
    • Cancel by Jan. 7: 90% penalty
    • No refunds are given for cancellations after Jan. 7, 2013.
  • Drinking: We are asking all ski trippers to drink moderately for the duration of the trip. We are a large group of travellers and it is important to be considerate to the group.
  • Damage: Please make sure to take care of the rental houses and the PSA equipment. In case the unlikely case you cause any damages, you are responsible for the costs.

Fall Quarter Events:

Yalda night 2012


Dear friends,

Once again, the Fall quarter has come to its end, and Yalda night is around the corner. We hope you have had a wonderful quarter and are relieved to be done with your final exams. In such an exciting time, PSA proudly celebrates the 2012 Yalda Night on Thursday, Dec. 20th. We will hold live music concert by Ostad Amir Nojan and his colleagues, a poetry reading, a few words about this ancient celebration, and other fun games. Of course, we won't let you go without having lots of Aash, "Anaar" and delicious snacks. So, please join your friends to celebrate Yalda night and make it your memorable time at Stanford :).

If you will be joining us, please RSVP Here.

  • What: ۱۳۹۱ شب یلدا ( Yalda Night )
  • When: Thursday, Dec. 20th, from 7PM to 10PM
  • Where: Bechtel International Center

Pomegranate deseeding

We invite volunteers to come and help us with "anaar-doon-kardan" on Dec. 19th. Dinner will be provided.

  • What: انار دون کردن
  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 19th, from 6PM to 9PM
  • Where: Stanford Bechtel International Center



A speech by the Legendary Iranian Poet, Hushang Ebtehaj

Friday, December 7th, 4 - 6 pm, Jordan Hall (Building 420), Room 041 (450 Serra Mall)

Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting at 4 pm


Presented by:

The Persian Student Association at Stanford University
The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
The Bechtel International Center Billie Achilles Fund

With special thanks to Mr. Parviz Nezami for his efforts to bring Maestro Ebtehaj to Stanford University

Hushang Ebtehaj with the pen name H. E. Sayeh is one of Iran's most accomplishe poets of the past century. He was born on February 25th 1928 in Rasht, Iran, and had his primary schooling there before moving to Tehran. His first book of poetry, with an introduction by the eminent poet Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi, was published when he was 19 years old. During Iran's open period following WWII, Sayeh contributed to various literary magazines such as Sokhan, Kavian, Sadaf, Maslehat, and others. Later he was invited by the national Iranian Radio to produce the traditional music program "Golhaye Taze" and "Golchin Hafte." In the political climate of the 1940s, Sayeh was an ardent advocate of the poetry of social commitment. His own early poetry reveals his concern with purposive literature. Sayeh has also written a collection of lyrical poems (ghazal) in the classical style, where he reveals an easy mastery of traditional forms—the lyrical ode, in particular—which he uses to celebrate both the sacred and the secular moments of life. Sayeh's poetry, at times highly emotional, is always remarkable for its convincing directness and unconcealed sentiment. He has been living with his family in Cologne, Germany since 1987.

PSA movie screening - Absolutely tame is a horse


Dear friends,

PSA movie group is proud to announce the screening of the last movie of the year, "Absolutely tame is a horse (اسب حیوان نجیبی است)" by Abdolreza Kahani.

Staring Reza Attaran, Parsa Piroozfar and Pantea Bahram (just to name a few), the movie follows one night in Tehran with a cop who extorts payoffs from citizens that break religious rules. Through a very careless and absurd journey of the policeman and the drunk citizen to arrange some money, they confront other characters who cannot help but just fan the flames of futility and pointlessness.

  • When: Thursday Nov. 29th, 7 pm
  • Where: Building 160, Room 325 (please see map below for more information about the location)

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

Thanksgiving dinner

Dear Friends

Persian Center with ISCO, ISAA and PSA will host 14th annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday November 20, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm at the Persian Center in Berkeley. Please come enjoy great food, live music performance and awesome company.

To make it even more fun, we have rented two passenger vans to travel as a group. That means we are going to play games and sing "shish-o-hasht" songs the whole way! The vans will leave Stanford at 4 PM and we expect to arrive back at around 10:30 pm.


  • What: Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Where: The Persian Center in Berkeley
  • When: Tuesday Nov. 20, 6-9 PM

Departure/Arrival Time: 4:00/10:30 PM, parking area in fornt of GCC, please show up a bit earlier as the vans will leave on time

Fall Party

Ladies and Gentlemen!

In the wee hours of Sunday night, I do feel your pain of Monday on the horizon with one last week to go before the break kicks in. So, to alleviate that pain, I have mouth-watering, intoxicating news for you! Yes, I know what you are thinking, and yes WE ARE THROWING A PARTY! So get the dust off of your dancing shoes and the gher in your kamar ready, because this Saturday is going to be off the charts! Details of the party are as below:

  • What: PSA Fall Party
  • When: Saturday, November 17 from 9pm to 1am
  • Where: Governor's corner (589 Governor's Avenue)

Admission is FREE and open to PSA members and their guests ONLY. Ehsan will be spinning it for us for the night and I shall get you all intoxicated at the open bar! Remember that you need to be 18+ to dip and 21+ to sip.

PSA Breakfast


Dear Friends,

Please join us this Saturday, 10:00 AM to catch up with friends, tell our midterm success stories, share our emotions about the election and most importantly enjoy delicious Haleem and fresh Sangak.

Add to your calendar:

  • What: PSA Breakfast
  • Where: GCC second floor
  • When: Saturday Nov 10, 10:00 AM

Swab to Save Nasim's Life


"Today I found out I have cancerous cells in my blood... I'm scared, but positive that a match will be found for me..."
-Nasim Rad

Dear Friends,

Nasim Rad, a young member of our local Persian community, is fighting Leukemia and needs a Bone Marrow transplant to survive. Her match is more likely to be of Iranian decent and that means we have an important chance to save a life.

Please join us today, Nov. 1st, at the social entry (adjacent to Coupa Cafe) of the Y2E2 building on the Stanford campus to see if you can be the match. The testing process is very simple and takes only a few seconds: just a swab inside the cheeks. You can stop by any time between 10 AM - 4:00 PM.

  • What: Bone Marrow Drive
  • >When: Today Nov. 1st, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Where: Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2) Social Entry (near Coupa Cafe)
  • This event is open to Everyone

PSA movie screening - Our summer in Tehran by Justine Shapiro-Thursday Oct. 25th, 7pm


Dear friends,

PSA movie group is proud to announce the screening of "Our summer in Tehran" a documentary by Justin Shapiro.
Our summer in Tehran, a feature-length documentary , is the story of a Jewish-American filmmaker, Justine Shapiro, who takes her 6-year-old son Mateo with her to Tehran where they spend the summer with 3 families: a religious family with ties to the government; a cosmopolitan, secular family; and a single mom who is an actress. When the Iranian government abruptly gives Justine and Mateo 48 hours to leave the country, promising relationships are severed.

Independent Magazine declares Justine Shapiro a top filmmaker to watch with the release of her new documentary Our Summer in Tehran.
J article, In Iran, Berkeley Jewish filmmaker finds plenty of love: 'What most of us know about the world is from crisis-driven news,' Shapiro said. 'I wanted to show what I experienced, which is that a lot of people on the planet are doing OK.'

For more information about the director please read below.

  • Where: Cummings art building, Room Art2
  • When: Thursday Oct. 25th, 7 pm

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

About Justine Shapiro:

Oscar nominated filmmaker, Justine Shapiro is one of several main hosts of the Pilot Productions travel/adventure series Globe Trekker(also called Pilot Guides in Canada and originally broadcast as Lonely Planet). Shapiro is known for her commentary and critique of countries visited. She has hosted more than 30 episodes of Globe Trekker, including features on Britain, Argentina, France, South Africa, Belize, Turkey, Mexico City, Venice, Malaysia, South India, China, Benin, Burkina Faso, Poland, Czech Republic, California, Germany and Mali Before hosting Globe Trekker/Pilot Guides, Shapiro appeared in various roles in film and television. Eventually, she was involved in several documentaries including co-production/direction duties on 2001's Promises, which was nominated for best Documentary Feature at the 74th Academy Awards.

Welcome Dinner


Dear PSA members,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Persian Student Association Welcome Dinner to be held on October 13th, 2012, 7-10 PM. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to campus for the new academic year, introducing new students to the organization, and getting to know everyone interested in being involved with PSA this year.

  • What: Welcome Dinner
  • Where: GCC Building: Havana Room
  • When: October 13, 2012
  • This event is supported by the Billie Achilles fund and the Bechtel International Center.
  • Please RSVP here
  • Food is provided by Faz Restaurant.

This event is open only to Stanford students, faculty, staff and their families.

PSA Movie screening - Here without me

here without me

Dear all,

Happy fall and welcome back. We would like to start our PSA movie series with screening of "Here without me" اينجا بدون من this Thursday. Directed by Bahram Tavakolli and staring Parsa Pirouzfar, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya‬ and Saber Aber, here without me is about a family of three dreaming about their wishes. The movie was inspired by the play The Glass Menagerie‬, written by Tennessee Williams. Among many international recognitions of the movie stands Fatemeh Motamed-Arya's best actress award in the 35th ‪Montreal World Film Festival‬ (WFF) .

  • When: Thursday, September 27th, 7 pm
  • Where: Building 160 in the main quad, room 325, See the map attached to this email for more details on location.

Summer Quarter Events:

Camping trip


Details of the event are as follows:

  • Place: Nelson Point Camp Ground, Shasta Lake
  • Lodging: 4- and 2-person tents only (tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats are provided by the PSA)
  • Check-in time: 3pm on Aug 17
  • Check-out time: 1pm on Aug 19
  • Transportation: campers to arrange carpool
  • Meals Provided: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Misc.: A boat and a jetski are reserved for a full day (on Saturday and Sunday respectively)!


  • PSA members: $95 (early-bird), $115 (regular)
  • PSA Alumni or Guests of PSA members: $115 (early-bird), $135 (regular)

  • Iftar Dinner

    Iftar dinner

    Dear Friends,

    You are cordially invited to PSA's Iftar Dinner on Thursday Aug 9. We will serve delicious persian food and "Shole Zard" at the third floor of the Old Union.

    Mark on your calendar:

    • What: PSA Iftar
    • Where: Old Union Third Floor
    • When: Aug 9, 8:15 PM
    • Please RSVP here

    This event is open only to Stanford students

    Movie Night - The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    Dear PSA movie fans,

    To those of us excited about the Dark Knight trilogy, the wait has FINALLY come to an end as the final installment of Christopher Nolan's masterpiece is soon to be in theaters. For those few of us NOT excited about the Dark Knight... well... you should not miss this one as this will be a blast... :)

    PSA cordially invites you to join your friends to watch this awesome movie next Sunday afternoon.


    • When: Sun. July 22, 2012 - 16:00 Sharp
    • Where: In Front of GCC
    • When: Sun. July 22, 2012 - 17:30
    • Where: Century Cinemas 16 (Mountain View)


    • $8 / person

    Please make sure to RSVP here as the number of tickets are limited.

    NOTE: if you plan to not join the carpooling, please be at the theater no later than 17:00. We anticipate a looooooong lineup and wish to be in front of the line to get good seats.

    A lecture by ABDOLKARIM SOROUS


    The Persian Student Association at Stanford University Presents:


    (Visiting Scholar, Stanford University)


    Time: Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm
    Location: Jordan Hall (450 Serra Mall, Building 420), Room 040 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    ABDOLKARIM SOROUSH is an Iranian thinker, reformer, Rumi scholar and a former professor at the university of Tehran. He is arguably the most influential figure in Iran’s religious intellectual movement. Professor Soroush is currently a visiting scholar at the Stanford University. He was previously affiliated with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and the Wissenschaftkolleg in Berlin. His ideas founded on relativism prompted both supporters and critics to compare his role in reforming Islam to that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. He won the Erasmus Prize in 2004, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential intellectuals in 2008. Foreign Policy magazine named him among the 100 top elite intellectuals in 2009 and 2010.

    This event is supported by the Billie Achilles fund and the Bechtel International Center.

    Lamb Roast

    Dear Friends,

    This Sunday we'll fire up the grill and barbecue a whole lamb. Come join us to hang out with friends, eat delicious food and play games. The event will be held at Bechtel International Center from 6-9 PM. If you are interested to help us with cooking, please join us earlier (we'll start cooking at 10:00 AM).


    • What: PSA Lamb Roast Event
    • Where: Bechtel I-Center Lawn
    • When: Sunday July 15th, 6:00-9:00 PM

    The food will be prepared with Halal meat and we'll be serving vegetarian food as well. Please make sure to bring your soccer-ball, frisbee and board games.

    Berry Picking

    Dear Fruit Lovers!

    We are nearing the end of June and the local berries are just ripe enough to be picked! So, join us this Sunday (June 24) from 8:30am-noon at Webb Ranch. The ranch is certified organic and is just behind SLAC, so it's a very short drive from the campus. Depending on the season, there will be raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, and boysenberries to pick!

    So, don't wait and fill our the RSVP form here.

    Details of the event are as follows:

    • Address: 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028
    • Time: 8:30am - noon
    • Entry fee: $3
    • Fruit price: $4.50/lb
    • Payment method: CASH ONLY

    PSA Breakfast

    Dear Friends,

    The exams week is finally over and the graduation weekend is here!

    We are pleased to announce PSA's next breakfast event this Saturday morning. Please join us to catch up with friends, play games, and watch the soccer game together. We will be serving a traditional breakfast (chai o noon o panir o halvardeh) and delllllicious Hendevaneh.

    Add to your calendar:

    • What: PSA Breakfast
    • Where: awns in front of the Mcfarland building in the EV residence
    • When: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 10am-1pm

    Make sure to bring your soccer-ball and frisbee.

    Fire-on-fire BBQ


    Dear PSA members,

    The hunger games are over and the odds have been in your favor! Yes, we have another Fire-on-Fire BBQ coming up and it's time to FEAST! So, make your way to the latest edition of Fire-on-Fire this Sunday from 5-9pm at Bechtel International Center. Per tradition, this is the first official event of the new PSA board. So, please show your support by volunteering for the event by filling out this form. Keep in mind that if you volunteer, you can have juicy kabobs right off the grill without having to wait in the long line! This year PSA will be serving chenjeh, joojeh kabab, balal, and gojeh. Yes, I know you are drooling as well, so mark your calendars and don't miss out on this event!

    This event is supported by GSC, the Billie Achilles fund and the Bechtel International Center.

    PSA breakfast


    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

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