Mossavar-Rahmani Center Welcomes Faculty, Students, Colleagues and Friends

Oct. 5, 2023

The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies kicked off the academic year with its annual Fall Welcome Reception. The reception, held outdoors in Maeder Courtyard, took place on a beautiful, sunny day, with a hint of brisk fall air. It was widely attended by faculty and staff, research fellows, undergraduate and graduate students. Administrators John Jenkins from Export Controls and Kristy Holmes from Global Finance, who are important to our work, joined in the festivities, as well as members of the Executive Committee. Delicious Persian food, such as fesenjoon, a rich stew with ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses and additional offerings were served. Perhaps the most fun and festive were the Center-themed cupcakes, and homemade baklava.

Cupcakes with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center logo on them.

Cupcakes featuring the Mossavar-Rahmani Center's custom logo

Center Director Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi gave a welcome speech and encouraged everyone to get involved with the Center’s events. He also introduced the Center’s newest research fellows: Maral Sahebjame and Negar-Sadat Razavi. Both scholars are doing incredible research. We’re excited to have such excellent new additions to the team, and are proud to support them in their work. For more information about Sahebjame and Razavi’s research, please visit their hyperlinked pages. Director Ghamari-Tabrizi also welcomed Alison Cummins, the Center’s new Office and Events Coordinator.

Executive Committee Members Michael Laffan (History) and Daniel Sheffield (Near Eastern Studies) smiling together

Michael Laffan (History) and Daniel Sheffield (Near Eastern Studies)

The event concluded with lively conversations dwindling out, but only for the evening. We look forward to continuing these conversations throughout the Fall semester and beyond.

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