Ancient Iran Day took months of collaboration among professors, graduate and undergraduate students, community artists, and dozens of volunteers. Their energy, creativity, and dedication brought this project to life, and we are deeply grateful. Special thanks is due to:

Shirin Barekatein, who transformed a series of conference rooms into an elegant exhibition hall; Rick Aguilar, whose superb graphic skills helped us realize the potential for educational posters; Shahrzad Shams, whose vision and connections to the local community made the project a truly joint venture; Jennifer Hunter, whose adroit project management made the event run smoothly from start to finish; Patrick Gibbs, who provided indispensable administrative support; Scott McDonough, who brought to Seattle not only his expertise in Sasanian history and numismatics, but also his warm and generous spirit; and Eric Johnson, who helped us resolve countless technical hurdles.

Primary financial support came from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and its Persian and Iranian Studies Program, as well as the Lawrence J. Roseman Professorship in the Department of History.

We are also deeply indebted to the following people for their roles in the project:


Project Directors:
Joel Walker (History)
Stephanie Selover (NELC)
Ryan Robinson (Anthropology)
Jeff Haines (History)

Organizing Committee:
Kiana Ehsani (Computer Science) Aegron Ethen (NELC)
Patrick Gibbs (NELC) Jennifer Hunter (Near and Middle East Ph.D) Shahrzad Shams (NELC)

Undergraduate student volunteers:
Jordyn Anable Amanda Karimi
Anika Chadha Arwa Mokdad
Piper Coyner Anusha Nasrulai
Dutton Crowley Elizabeth Peterson
Andrea Gonzales Ava Sharifi
Eric Gripp Kayla van Kooten
Noah Gruenert Jasper Winters



University of Washington graduate student volunteers:

Skyler Brown (Foster School of Business)

Afsaneh Haddadian (Jackson School)

Spencer Pennington (South Asia)

Yung Hsin Shee (Education)

Shakeah Calluccie (Comparative Religion)

Jingwen Zhou (Biostatistics)

University of Washington faculty:


Mika Ahuvia (Jackson School)

Mira Green (History)

Selim Kuru (NELC)

Sarah Levin-Richardson (Classics)

Talant Mawkanuli (NELC)

Conor Mayo-Wilson (Philosophy)

Hamza Zafer (NELC)

Alumni and other friends:


Amir Asgari

Trevor Layman

Jila Misaghi

Imaan Ramezanzadeh

Nusha Sepehri

Mitra Shemirani

Andrea Toomey

Donation of Material:

Dr. Farshad Alamdari

Yalda Daneshfarnia

Tom and Virginia Stave

Dr. Daniel Waugh (History, Emeritus)

Filming and Photography:


Baabak Nassirian, Anastasia Hornal, and Follow Your Feet Production

Emma Hinchcliffe, Maluhia Shaw, and Maluhia Creative

Sam Jamali

Design and Decoration:

Shirin Barekatein

Graphic Design:

Rick Aguilar

Mahshid Gharibi

Niloofar Hashemian

Exhibit Design:


Shirin Barekatein

Khodadad (Khodi) Kaviani

Morad Kaviani

Saman Shojaei

Sohail Shams

Interactive Exhibits:

Sima Abbaszadeh

Setareh Mardan

Guest Lecturers:

Mehdi and Monir Ghanbeigi

Khodi Kaviani

Scott McDonough

Community Partners:


Aria Bakery

Iraj Khademi and the Persian Poetry and Music Workshop of Seattle

Professional Copy 'n' Print

Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy

Director of Persian and Iranian Studies: Selim Kuru