Iran Between Repression & Dissent Lecture April 6

Haleh Esfandiari, the director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak at Meredith College on Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Esfandiari will present “Iran Between Repression and Dissent.”

Esfandiari has had a rich and varied career. In her native Iran, she was a journalist, served as deputy secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran, and was the deputy director of a cultural foundation where she was responsible for the activities of several museums and art and cultural centers. She taught Persian language at Oxford University and, prior to coming to the Wilson Center, from 1980 to 1994, she taught Persian language and contemporary Persian literature and courses on the women's movement in Iran at Princeton University.

Her memoir, “My Prison, My Home,” based on Esfandiari’s arrest by the Iranian security authorities in 2007, after which she spent 105 days in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison, was published in September 2009.

She is also the author of “Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution” (1997), editor of “Iranian Women: Past, Present and Future” (1977), co-author of “Best Practices: Progressive Family Laws in Muslim Countries,” the co-editor of “The Economic Dimensions of Middle Eastern History” (1990) and also of the multi-volume memoirs of the famed Iranian scholar, Ghassem Ghani.

This event is sponsored by the Broder-Wallace Endowment Fund in conjunction with the Department of History and Political Science. The lecture is free and open to the public.

North Korea Presentation April 8
Esfandiari’s lecture is part of a weeklong focus on journalism under repressive regimes. The Department of History and Political Science will also host a presentation by Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) on April 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Ledford 101.

LiNK, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about North Korea and helps rescue and resettle North Korean refugees, will screen a documentary called “Inside North Korea.” Representatives of LiNK will answer questions after the screening.

Both of these events qualify as Academic and Cultural Events for General Education.

Date Submitted: 2010-03-25

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