[act-ma] Discussion with Professor Keshavarz on the State of Women in Modern Day Iran
codepinkboston at gmail.com
Sat May 5 06:42:26 PDT 2007
As one of the organizers of CODEPINK Boston, I would like to invite you to a
special opportunity to discuss the state of women in modern day Iran and
ways to prevent war with Iran. This event will be held at the Democracy
Center on May 7, 2007 6:15 p.m. For further information, please see details
Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz* will be in town on May 7th and May 8th for the
panel discussion, "Preventing War with IRAN." She has accepted an invitation
to speak to CODEPINK Boston and the general public about her new book,
"Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran." The state of women
in modern day Iran and ways to prevent the war with Iran will be discussed.
****Please note that you do not need to have read this book prior to this
discussion. Her presentation will be geared towards those who have not read
Monday, May 7, 2007, 6:15 PM Where: Democracy Center
45 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge , MA 02138
One reviewer on Amazon.com writes that this book "challenges the popular
notion that Iran is an oppressive, joyless, intellectually stagnant place,
particularly for women. The truth, Keshavarz contends, is that Iranian women
are vibrant, teeming with intellectual curiosity and expression, and that
the Iranian people are living not in fear but in hope. Keshavarz comes
across as angry both at writers (like Nafisi) who portray their own people
in stereotypical terms and at a world that accepts a skewed and bleak
version of a country she loves so deeply. Controversial, certainly, but an
excellent counterpoint for book-group discussions of Nafisi's book."
Don't forget to check out the panel discussion featuring Noam Chomsky,
Fatemah Keshavarz, and Niki Akhavan on May 8th.
*Dr. Keshavarz is the Chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern
Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis.
This is a CODEPINK Boston sponsored event.
Preventing War with IRAN
Prof. Noam Chomsky
Writer and Scholar, Department of Linguistics, MIT
Prof. Fatemeh Keshavarz
Author, most recently, of Jasmine and Stars, the antidote to Reading
Lolita in Tehran
Chair, Department of Asian & Near Eastern Languages & Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
A Board Member of CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions
and Military Intervention in Iran)
Tuesday, May 8th, 7:30 PM
MIT, Building 26, Room 100
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Why is the US targeting Iran?
What are the dangers of a wider war?
What can citizens do to prevent the expansion
of the US-led war in the Middle East?
Suggested donation: $10
MIT students: $5 (ID required)
Sponsored by The Middle East Crisis Coalition
crisismiddleeast at yahoo.com
Co-sponsors: MIT Social Justice Cooperative, MIT Western Hemisphere Project,
United for Justice with Peace, and CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and
Intervention in Iran)
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