Welcome to

Persian Studies and Persia House

at Portland State University

Portland State University

Post Office Box 751

Portland, Oregon 97207


If you would like to receive information about Persian community

events in the Portland metropolitan area, send an email

to tehrank@pdx.edu and call (503) 725-5214.

Please use the form below for Donation & Membership:

Letterhead with Membership Form-2016 (2).pdf

Persia House Activities

Persia House is a cultural nonprofit organization at Portland State University.

The major/core activities of this organization at this time are:

  • Annual celebrations of Persian New Year in March and Thirteenth-Day Outdoor Picnic in April
  • Rain Festival Celebration in July
  • Light of Friendship Celebration in October
  • Longest Night in December, and Discovery of Light in February
  • Monthly activities of the organization are Poetry Reading and Summer Picnics.
  • Persia House also helps Persian Studies at PSU by arranging and teaching independent classes in English and Persian throughout the year. Every year Persia House gives at least $1000 for scholarship award to the qualified students who take PSU Persian language classes.

Persia House website: www.persia.pdx.edu and email list are always up-to-date in service of the Persian community.

For more information call (503) 725-5214 and email tehrank@pdx.edu

Persian Language Scholarship

The Persian Language Scholarship for academic year 2016-2017 is ready for students with high GPA currently studying in Persian language classes. Persia House wishes these talented individuals the very best as they pursue their goals. The successful recipients will be formally recognized at the annual award ceremony of the World Languages and Literatures Department of Portland State University. Over the last six years, twelve recipients have received a total award amount of five thousand dollars.

Please see the scholarship form below:


Persian Culture

Persian culture traces some thousands of years from prehistoric mythic times to the present. In the course of this development from the settlement of Aryan tribes on the Iranian plateau, society developed from nomadic to settled, from religion of nature to the monotheism of Islam, and from tribal to modern representative government. The national epic chronicles the struggles of heroes from the coming of man’s use of fire and minerals, from philosophical teachings of Zoroaster, the tolerance of Cyrus and Alexander, and revival of learning. From ancient times, the concepts of Iranian morality based on triumph of good over evil and duty to right infringement of a just social order have predominated.

Persian Community in Action

گرد هم آیی برای شعر خوانی ، جشن های نوروز، سیزده بدر، تیرگان، مهرگان، شب یلدا، سده

پیک نیک ها ی تابستانی ، کلاسهای خصوصی آموزش فارسی و انگلیسی برای دوره های ابتدایی، متوسطه وعالی بوسیله استادان با تجربه دا نشگاه ایالتی پرتلند، کمکهای تحصیلی وده ها خدمت دیگر

گرد هم آیی برای شعر خوانی

Persian and English Poetry Reading Class

April 9, 4:30 pm, Classroom 11

PSU Neuberger Hall, 724 SW Harrison

Portland OR 97201

For more information:

Call: 503-725-5214

Email: tehrank@pdx.edu

Persia House Mission

Persia House is a nonprofit and nonpolitical organization for public benefit. Contributions and donations to Persia House are the main source of income. The membership is voluntary and consists of U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older, who desire to support the advancement of Persian community education and abide by the Persia House Bylaws, the primary purposes of which are:

1) To share with the community the appreciation of Persian culture through lecture series, seminars, poetry readings, television and radio interviews, film showings, performing arts, musical recitals, art and book exhibits, and electronic communications.

2) To provide and support Persian and English language instruction in particular and Persian studies in general, to children and adults.

3) To promote, encourage and foster the charitable and educational interests of the Persian Community by organizing seasonal and traditional events such as Nuw Ruz, Sizdah Bedar, Tirgan, Mehrgan, Yalda, Monthly Poetry Reading and Sadeh.

4) To assist youth and honor the elderly by providing scholarship and recognition to talented individuals who distinguish themselves through service to the community by furthering the knowledge of Persian language and culture.

5) To establish contact with similar organizations, social and educational institutions and news media for the purpose of increasing understanding between the Persian community and the society at large.

A History of Persia House

A Brief History of Persia House2.pdf

Flyer no date.pdf

Sizdah Beh Dar, 13th of Nawruz Picnic, Sunday

April 2, OAKS Park, Area 1, free admission, all are welcome

برای سیزده بدر روز یکشنبه دوم آوریل از دوازده تا پنج بعد از ظهر

.هستیم OAKS PARKدر

چای و شیرینی خانه ایران بر قرار است

سيزده را همه عالم بدر امروز از شهر

من خود آن سيزدهم كز همه عالم بدرم

For Sizdah Beh Dar Picnic, we are at OAKS PARK, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202, on

Sunday April 2, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Tea and cookies are provided.

Feel free to bring your favorite seasonal

food and snacks to share. For more information, call

(503) 725-5214 or visit www.persia.pdx.edu.

Area is reserved for Persia House friends, family, and members. Please check with volunteers to update your email address and phone # if you have not already done so.

پیک نیک ها ی تابستانی

For Persia House Summer Picnics at Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, on the last

Sundays of June, July, and August of 2017, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.,

email tehrank@pdx.edu and call (503) 725-5214.

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