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Lecture Honors Donor, Growth of Persian Studies

Lecture Honors Donor, Growth of Persian Studies

What better way to celebrate UC Davis’ expanding program in Persian studies and its generous benefactor than with a lecture on modern Iranian women writers?

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Teaching Prize Winner is a Gardener Who Sows Wisdom in the Classroom

Teaching Prize Winner is a Gardener Who Sows Wisdom in the Classroom

Anthropologist Suad Joseph, founder of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, won the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

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Persian Studies Program Receives $1.5 million from Iranian-American Philanthropist

Persian Studies Program Receives $1.5 million from Iranian-American Philanthropist

Silicon Valley philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has made a $1.5 million gift to UC Davis to broaden its Persian studies program.

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Exhibit Organized by UC Davis Alumna Throws Light on Working Women in Early 20th-Century India

Exhibit Organized by UC Davis Alumna Throws Light on Working Women in Early 20th-Century India

A photo exhibition organized by UC Davis graduate Lisa Trivedi and sponsored by the Middle East/South Asia Studies (ME/SA) Program at UC Davis focuses on the lives of working women in India during the 1930s.

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New Archive Provides One-Stop Access to Vital Resources on California's Punjabi American Community

New Archive Provides One-Stop Access to Vital Resources on California's Punjabi American Community

The digital archive, launched in fall 2016, seeks to share the stories and contributions to California of pioneering Punjabi Americans and their descendants through more than 700 video interviews, speeches, diaries, articles, and photographs.

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Erum A. Syed awarded Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant

Erum A. Syed awarded Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant

The grants are designed to support the ideas of UC Davis students, faculty, and staff that promote and enhance diversity and inclusion at the University.

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Experience South Asia at UC Davis in 2017-18

Experience South Asia at UC Davis in 2017-18

Amrinder Gill Concert Kicks Off Year of Events Spotlighting South Asia

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Suad Joseph Undergraduate Student Research Award

All undergraduate students working on the middle east and/or south Asia topics and taking courses related to the middle east or south Asia qualify for the award. Qualification can be met by doing a 92 or 192, 98 or 198, 99 or 199 or 194H with a professor on a ME/SA related topic - or by taking a course on the middle east or south Asia or their diaspora.

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Unveiling Men: Modern Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Iran

Unveiling Men: Modern Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Iran

A provocative and original examination of gender and sexuality in Iranian discourse

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MSA 151A

MSA 151A

New course available spring 2019

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Message To Community

Dear Community, We witness, yet again, the senseless and brutal murder of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in the city of Minneapolis. The Middle East/South Asia Studies Program unequivocally and categorically condemns this racist and violent act. We stand with the family and friends of George Floyd and with all those who feel the pain and anguish of this outrageous and tragic incident. We stand in support of the human rights and human dignity of our Black brothers and sisters, and of all people of color. We live in a society in which far too many people continue to be marginalized and discriminated against in the most dehumanizing ways by the color of their skin. Many members of our academic community, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty, have suffered from racism and police violence, directly or indirectly. Many who are taking part in the current peaceful protests and demonstrations are confronting renewed forms of police repression and violence, which are likely to cause further trauma and distress. We extend our empathy and solidarity to them, and to their friends and family, especially in this time of a global pandemic, which has already resulted in widespread economic and social dislocation, affecting in unfair and unequal measure the lives of poor people and people of color. We recognize the difficult and dire circumstances ​our students face at this moment. We pledge to do all that is in our power to support their continued education and solemnly resolve to stand with them. We reaffirm our commitment to justice, equality, and diversity. We condemn all forms of racism, and racial and religious hatred. UC Davis Middle East/South Asia Studies Program Students looking for support or other information about campus resources established to work with students experiencing stress can start at the Office of Student Support or Student Health Care Services. Resources for racial trauma, the dedicated moment of silence led by Vice Chancellor Tull, and Chancellor May’s statement can be found here: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/resources-racial-trauma

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COVID-19

Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of Fall Quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page.