Persian Academic & Cultural Student Association at University of Southern California



Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association


Featured EVENTS


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Lecture and Book Review: Society, City Planning and Urban Design

PACSA welcomes Dr. Ali Kiafar on October 28th at the University of Southern California for a lecture titled “Society, City Planning and Urban Design in Modern Iran.” Dr. Kiafar has a Master of Architecture and City Planning degree as well as a doctorate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from USC. He has received several awards and recognitions including Community Development Award from the American Institute of Architects as well an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of California-Riverside. Please join us on Sunday, October 28th from 2PM-4PM at the Tutor Campus Center (TCC) in room 227 to hear Dr. Kiafar speak about his recent book on Iranian architecture followed by a book signing at the end of the lecture. All profits from this book will be donated to underprivileged children in Sistan & Baluchestan provinces in Iran. We hope to see you all there!

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PACSA Cinematheque: Dead End

We are honored to welcome our guests Parviz Sayyad, Mary Apick, and Apick Youseffian to our first PACSA Cinematheque event of the semester on Thursday, October 25th. We will be screening “Dead End”, a film written and directed by Parviz Sayyad, a celebrated actor, director, and screenwriter of Iranian cinema. Mr. Sayyad is well remembered for his role in his first film, “Hasan Kachal” and his role as “Samad Agha” in the famous “Samad” film series. 
Mary Apick is an Iranian-Armenian stage, television and film actress who won the award for Best Actress at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival for her role in the film “Dead End.” Her mother, Apick Youssefian, is also known for her role in “Dead End” as well as other films such as “The Cry of the Village” and “The Keeper.” Please join us on Thursday, October 25th from 7PM-9PM in Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) room 123 for the opportunity to watch this critically-acclaimed film beside these renowned figures in world of Iranian cinema. We hope to see you all there!



PACSA is honored to announce that this year we will work in collaboration with Docunight and the Kiarostami Foundation to screen documentaries on the first Thursday of each month. Docunight is a grassroots initiative to screen documentaries about Iran, or made by Iranians. Docunight screenings take place across many cities in North America, and we hope that the University of Southern California (USC) will become a distinguished center in Los Angeles. We are excited to share these documentaries not only with people who are familiar with them, but also with the community at large.

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