Where: The Villas at Happy Valley
When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6PM
We are approaching the end of this semester with Thanksgiving holidays around the corner. Although Thanksgiving is an American tradition; yet, every year we have had a part in tasting the delicious turkey in our potlucks! Thus, we are planning to have a potluck on the evening of Sunday, Nov the 19th. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we may know how many turkeys to prepare. Join us with your delicious side dishes, desserts, or main dishes. Even if you do not plan to cook for the night, you can join us with only paying a 10$ entree fee.
Hope to see you all,
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802
Boys With Broken Ears
Directed by: Nima Shayeghi
2013 / 78 mins
Persian with English Subtitles
we will contact the director at the end of the documentary via Skype.
BOYS WITH BROKEN EARS is an intimate look at the hopes and struggles of a handful of young Iranian wrestlers as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives; the world championship in Europe. It’s a social tale set against the qualms of committing one’s life to a dream at a young age.
With unprecedented access to the national youth team, the film follows five characters from impoverished background as they journey through the most challenging year of the lives, examining their beliefs and aspirations along the way.
Wrestling is a very popular sport in Iran with historical roots in the country’s religion and mythology. It is like football for the Brazilians or boxing for the Cubans. Iran has consistently produced outstanding world champions that have gone on to win gold and silver at the Olympics despite very little financial support from the government. However, almost all wrestlers come from the slums and poverty-stricken districts and wrestling have provided a very slim chance to make something of their lives. As a result two million youngsters try to make it to the national youth team every year, but only a handful do, most of whom find themselves in an uncompromising situation of having to hold down jobs to help their families survive while also spending all their time training to keep their dreams alive.
Caught in this crossroads between a sport they love and the realities of their harsh circumstances they soon realise that even with a gold medal their lives will hardly change, and this dream is a luxury that they cannot afford.
The film at its core is a human story, but it is loaded with themes of social identity in Iran and the confrontation of traditional and modern values. All this is set against each character’s decision whether to continue pursuing this love or not.
Data & Time: Saturday, November 11 at 7 PM – 9:15 PM
Iranian Student Association proudly announces the great concert starring Mohsen Namjoo in State College. This concert will be held at Worship Hall in Spiritual Center at Penn State University on Saturday, November 11 from 7pm to 9:15pm. Let’s enjoy his stunning performance here in State College.
we will be selling tickets at the Hub-Robeson Center, information table #3 (next to Starbucks) at Penn State University during the following dates and times:
Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Three types of tickets are available for purchase:
Penn State Students: $15
Penn State Faculty/Staff: $20
General Public (and other universities’ students): $25
If you do not live in State College and you do not have a friend to buy a ticket for you, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, title: Ticket for Namjoo Concert
Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York City. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist. He seamlessly blends the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, rock, and blues vocal techniques with Persian Avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current.
Date/time: Saturday, September 30 at 4 PM – 5 PM EDT
Location: 102 Leonhard Building
We will have our first general meeting on this coming Saturday. Please mark your calendar and try your best to attend the meeting, as we want to discuss our near future events including Yalda’s concert and Yalda night’s event. We would appreciate your valuable suggestions and feedbacks in the meeting. There will be free Pizza and refreshments as well!
Thanks and see you on Saturday,
Date/Time: Thursday, September 14 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Webster’s book store & cafe
Dear ISA members,
Iranian Student Association (ISA) is going to have Iranian Music Night event joint with the Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe in Webster’s. We will be more than happy to see you there sitting, working, and hanging out while listening to some Iranian songs and enjoying a small buffet of Iranian foods. Of course, our goal is not music nor food, it’s only being together which seems amazing. So please join us.
Webster’s is providing all stuff and it would be free to the public but all of us can donate to thank Webster’s for helping us to be together and to enjoy our time.
(photo credit: Sadra Tehrani)
The Iranian Student Association and the Coalition for Graduate Employees (CGE) are co-sponsoring an information session on immigration law with immigration attorney Craig Shagin.
The information session will start with a presentation outlining the revised travel ban and will end with a Q&A. We encourage attendees to bring both questions about the specifics of the travel ban as well as broader questions about the rights of international students and employees.
Penn State undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to attend.
Date: March 24, Friday at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Location: 113 IST building
ISA is proud to have the popular and super comedian Max Amini here at Penn State again on March 18th. Get your tickets at Max’s website at “www.maxamini.com” before they are sold out!