Persian studies program receives $1.5 million from prominent Iranian-American philanthropist

Silicon Valley philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has made a $1.5 million gift to UC Davis to broaden its Persian studies program.

The gift will establish the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and help transform UC Davis into a leading force in teaching, research and outreach that advances global understanding of Persian language and culture.

The UC Davis Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature position will be awarded to an Iranian studies scholar whose research and teaching will focus on these areas. Funds will also support a colloquium on Iranian culture.

The UC Office of the President will provide a $500,000 matching fund through a new Endowed Faculty Leadership Initiative, which will bring the total funding for the Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature to $2 million.

Read more at the UC Davis News Service.