Rutgers Student Scholars Will Be Honored Nov. 4 for Papers on Persian Culture, Literature

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Free public program includes Persian musical performances, Persian foods


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WHO:   Dr. Minoo Varzegar, director, Rutgers Program in American Language Studies, Rutgers University in Newark, and Dr. Akbar Ghahary, president of the Persian Cultural Foundation in Clifton. 

WHAT:  This event promotes Persian culture, literature, music and art through the American community and awards talented individuals of all cultures and backgrounds who celebrate this tradition.  This year’s winners are Shabeer Wali, a Rutgers biology major from Parsippany, N.J.; Adrienne Jensen, a Rutgers junior from Palo Alto, California; and George Login of Belleville, N.J., a graduate student at William Paterson University. Each will each be recognized for their papers on Persian culture and literature in a competition organized by Rutgers and sponsored by the Persian Cultural Foundation in Clifton. The awards ceremony will include Persian entertainment; a reception will follow, featuring Persian dishes.

WHEN: November 4, 2009, 2: 30 – 4 p.m.  

WHERE:  Paul Robeson Campus Center, Multipurpose Room, second floor, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark N.J.

BACKGROUND:  This is the fourth annual Persian cultural awards presentation at Rutgers in NewarkTo promote Persian culture and literature among young people of multinational backgrounds, the Persian Cultural Foundation in Clifton, in collaboration with Rutgers University, selects the two best papers on Persian culture and literature.  A committee of reviewers selects the winning papers; last year more than 80 entries were submitted by college students from Rutgers.  Information:

CONTACT: Dr. Minoo Varzegar, Director, Program in American Language Studies,



Media Contact: Carla Capizzi