[act-ma] 10/26 - Conference on US perceptions of Iran - BU tomorrow

Cole Harrison cole at masspeaceaction.org
Mon Oct 25 09:44:29 PDT 2010

Covering Iran: Journalism and Truth Under Seige
*When:* Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
*Where: *Boston University • 8 St. Marys St • Photonics Center • Boston
Witnesses to Last Year’s Upheaval Come to Boston University

With the US and Iran hurtling toward confrontation, journalists who have
spent years inside the Islamic Republic will gather at Boston University on
October 26, 2010 to try separating Iranian fact from fiction.

The day will feature two gripping films shot in Iran during the explosion of
protest that followed last year’s disputed election. Journalists who covered
the protests, including Nazila Fathi of The New York Times, will discuss
what they saw, how they covered it, and why Americans have such a distorted
view of Iran.

In the afternoon, a panel of specialists will discuss ways of reshaping US
perceptions of Iran in the hope of avoiding war. Among them will be Trita
Parsi, director of the National Iranian American Congress, and Kelly
Golnoush Niknejad, who
foundedwww.TehranBureau.com<http://www.tehranbureau.com/> and
has built it into a global platform for Iran-related news.

Other guests at the conference include the filmmaker Sadeq Saba, who is
director of the BBC Persian Service, and Jason Rezaian, the only remaining
American journalist accredited to work in Iran. Morning and
afternoon discussions will be moderated by Stephen Kinzer, a Boston
University professor who recently visited Iran and is the author of Reset:
Iran, Turkey, and American’s Future.

This day-long event, sponsored by Boston University College of
Communication, is free and open to the public.  A light lunch will be served
without charge between the morning and afternoon sessions.

9:30 am - Film "*The Elction that Shook Iran*"
Introduced by Sadeq Saba

Panel Discussion: Eyewitnesses To An Uprising
*Sadeq Saba* Filmmaker and director of BBC Persian Service
*Nazila Fathi* Former New York Times correspondent in Tehran
*Hooman Majd* Author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollahs'
*Reese Erlich* Author of The Iran Agenda and Conversations With Terrorists

1:00 pm - Lunch Break

2:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Searching for Truth in Today’s Iran
*Kelly Golnoush Niknejad* Founder, www.TerhanBureau.com
*Jason Rezaian* Only remaining American journalist in Iran
*Trita Parsi* President, National Iranian American Council
*Sareh Afshar* Author of We Are Neda: The Iranian Women, the Election, and
International Media

4:30 pm - Closing Film: “*For Neda*”
Introduced by Sareh Afshar

Sponsored by the BU College of Communication
Download the Poster<http://justicewithpeace.org/files/coveringiran_oct26_poster.pdf>

Cole Harrison
Massachusetts Peace Action
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-2169 w
617-466-9274 m
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