August 19th, 2014
ITS Student Awarded Boren Fellowship
Nazanin Kaussari, MA student in the Interpreting and Translations Studies Program, has been awarded the prestigious Boren Fellowship. Nazanin was chosen from a very select group of graduate students to pursue her studies in Farsi and will be traveling to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, for intensive language and cultural studies during a nine month period.
“The knowledge of Farsi and a complete understanding of the people and culture of Iran are critical to U.S. national security in these times of political tension between the United States and Iran.” observes Nazanin. “Given these tensions, professionals with full competency and understanding of Farsi and Iranian culture can serve as valuable liaisons or cultural brokers between the United States and Iran.” She intends on applying the strong foundations in multi-cultural competency, linguistics, localization software and interpreting and translation skills that she acquired during her year in the ITS Program towards becoming a “qualified professional interpreter, translator and cultural broker for the United States as it confronts and manages its unstable relationship with Iran.”