Past Events

Persian Food Night 2016

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Iranian cuisine or Persian cuisine refers to the traditional and modern styles of cooking related to Iran. Situated in the Middle East, the Iranian culinary style is unique to Iran, though has historically both influenced and has been influenced by Iran’s neighbouring regions at various stages throughout its history. Specifically, these have been mutual culinary influences to and from Mesopotamian cuisine, Anatolian cuisine, and Central Asian cuisine. Many foods famously associated with Middle Eastern, and indeed World cuisine have their origins in Iran, such as kebab and ice cream. The Iranian Student Association at the University of South Carolina organized he Persian Food Night 2016 during the International Education Week on October 2nd 2016 in the Russell House Ballroom. Appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks were included in our Persian full-buffet. Dishes were included but not limited to: Fesenjan, Tahchin, Adas Polo, Chicken Kebab, Shole Zard.


International Day of Nowruz, 2015 (1394)

We will be holding our annual celebration of Iranian New Year on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 6p to 9p in the University of South Carolina Russell House Ballroom. The event will feature performances of music and dance as well as Haft-Seen table display and delicious Persian food and delicacies. Please join us to celebrate the arrival of spring and Iranian New Year.
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 Time: 6-9p
Venue: 1400 Greene Street, Russell House Suite 218, Columbia, SC 29208
The admission ticket is $8 and the event is open to the public!


Persian Aerobics Workshop

The Iranian Student Association at the University of South Carolina invited Dr. Mohammadreza Moradi to USC to present a Persian Aerobics workshop in Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center. Persian Aerobics class consists of movements inspired by Persian dance moves performed to range of lively Persian music. This high-energy aerobics class based on Iranian modern and folkloric dances such as Azeri, Kordi and Bandari dances and participants experienced the masculine flavors of these wildly popular and spirited dances. The class started with a warm up, and then moved through 13-15 routines, which vary in intensity and style. Modern and traditional dance steps are blended with basic fitness moves so everyone can participate and it would be easy to follow.  Such as other aerobics fitness classes, the music played in this class is energetic which motivates the participants to move, workout and burn calories. The class was finished with a cool down and stretches to bring the heart rate down and relax the muscles. Dr. Mohammadreza Moradi is an Iranian born dancer and a fitness instructor who has been trained in a variety of dance styles. After moving to US from Iran in 2007, he has performed in different cultural gatherings and held Persian aerobics workshops for different international communities. He got his PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently is a faculty in Old Dominion University.

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Some of Dr Moradi’s works: Link1, Link2 and Link3. Facebook Event.


Invited speaker: Dr Omid Safi

The Iranian Student Association at the University of South Carolina invited Dr. Oimd Safi to USC as a guest speaker. He had two talks: “Jalaludin Rumi: Persian Mystical Poet”, “Islam in America post- 9/11” and one workshop: “Debates on Islamic Reform” while he was at USC. This event was co-sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies, Walker Institute and Islamic World Studies.

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Links: Dr Omid Safi, Jalaludin Rumi,  Facebook eventPictures from this Event,  Discovering the Poetry of Rumi by Durham County LibraryLove, Human and Divine, in Islam by RumiForumMiddle East, Islam, and American Empire by DukeDISC and Islam and Authors by Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California.


Welcome Back – Newcomers Party (Abgoosht Style)

Every semester we have new Iranian students who come from all around the globe and our student organization, the Iranian Students Association, is usually their first form of contact. We provide them a means of becoming in contact with the Iranian community here in Columbia, SC. As always, our association strives to do their best to help these new students become adjusted to their new environment and form a connection with other Iranian peers in Columbia and its surrounding areas. To do so, we host a gathering at the beginning of each semester to celebrate the start of the new academic calendar and be introduced to new people. And what is better than an Abgoosht-style party?! All ISAUSC members, USC students and faculty members, and families in the surrounding Columbia/Richland area were invited. We cooked and prepared Abgoosht and invited everyone we knew to share this amazing food followed by our famously hot Persian tea to welcome our new friends to USC.

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Links: Abgoosht1, Abgoosht2,  Pictures from this Event, Facebook event,  Persian tea.


Yalda Night 2013

Yalda Night, an ancient Persian tradition, is celebrated on the eve of the Winter Solstice to protect humanity from misfortune. On this celebrated day, people were advised to stay awake until the following dawn. In the words of the Persian poet, Sa’di: The true morning will not come, until the Yalda Night is gone. The Iranian Student Association at the University of South Carolina celebrated Yalda Night on December 20, 2013. Dining, Persian music, dancing and some poetry were on the schedule for this joyful evening. Variety of delicious Persian dishes were provided by the Iranian students in a potluck format during dinner time. Dishes are included but not limited to: Dolmeh, Zereshk polo ba morgh, Cutlet, Ash Reshteh, Baghali Polo, Ghormeh Sabzi.

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Links: Yalda NightFacebook EventPictures of this EventHafez


Persian Food Night 2013

Iranian cuisine or Persian cuisine refers to the traditional and modern styles of cooking related to Iran. Situated in the Middle East, the Iranian culinary style is unique to Iran, though has historically both influenced and has been influenced by Iran’s neighbouring regions at various stages throughout its history. Specifically, these have been mutual culinary influences to and from Mesopotamian cuisine, Anatolian cuisine, and Central Asian cuisine. Many foods famously associated with Middle Eastern, and indeed World cuisine have their origins in Iran, such as kebab and ice cream. The Iranian Student Association at the University of South Carolina organized he Persian Food Night 2013 during the International Education Week on November 13th 2013 in the Russell House Ballroom. Appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks were included in our Persian full-buffet. Dishes were included but not limited to: Fesenjan, Tahchin, Adas Polo, Chicken Kebab, Shole Zard.

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Links: Facebook Event, Menu


International Day of Nowruz (1392)

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