The PARSA Community Foundation has awarded UCI’s Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture a $300,000 grant to create the PARSA Community Foundation Lectureship in Persian Language & Culture.  The endowed lectureship allows the center – in the School of Humanities – to hire and permanently retain a first-rate teacher/scholar in Persian language and culture. “The grant provides a vital and timely response to student demand for more advanced levels of Persian language instruction and strengthens the center’s role in the community,” said Nasrin Rahimieh, Maseeh Chair and center director. The area around UCI has one of the largest Persian communities outside Iran.