Philanthropist Wants Americans to See a Different Side of Iran: Its Art and Poetry

Bita Daryabari, the Silicon Valley philanthropist, focuses much of her time on helping her fellow Iranian immigrants get settled in America. But she is also directing millions toward promoting Persian arts and culture, underscoring her desire to showcase the beauty in Iran’s history.

Last October, she gave $2-million to Cambridge University to endow the Shahnama Project, which will support the study of an important 11th-century poem. Another 2013 gift, $70,000 to the Asian Art