At the Crossroads of Asia
A New $2.5 Million Bequest Will Fund Studies of Iran
By Jose Rodriguez, University Relations
While Iran was the center of an ancient and remarkable civilization, it is little understood in the United States today, according to Guitty Azarpay, professor emerita of Near Eastern Studies, a leading scholar of Near Eastern Art, whose name and work is honored by the fund.
Created with a bequest of property by an anonymous donor, estimated at $2.5 million in value, the fund includes a number of components. The three-year Guitty Azarpay Fellowship, to begin this fall, will allow Berkeley to recruit top students focusing on Iranian art and archaeology.
In subsequent years, and in perpetuity, the fund will support:
Other campus specialists on Iran, in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, are Professors Hamid Algar, in Persian; David Stonach, in archaelogy; and Azarpay, in art history. Berkeley scholars on Iran also include Professor William Brinner, studying its history and civilization; Professor Anne Kilmer, in Elamite and Assyriology; and Professor Wolfgage Heimpel, in ancient Near Eastern glyptics.
The fund will be managed by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, two of the nation's most prestigious programs in this area.