Iran: Modern and Medieval

Starts:Sunday, June 02, 2013  2:00 PMEnds:Sunday, June 02, 2013  3:00 PM
Cost:

free

Location:

Newport Public Library

35 NW. Nye St

Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Any future involving Iran is now considered to be volatile. Will Iran seek nuclear armament? Will sanctions deter Iran’s rogue bent, or will they further radicalize the nation? Forgotten in this din is the very real possibility that the unity we accept as Iran is a mirage.

Aria Minu-Sepehr argues that Iran itself is torn—a nation at once modern and medieval. Without a proper understanding of this fundamental divide, the West continues to peg Iran erroneously as this or that, in turn feeding a foreign policy that rests on half-truths and quicksand assumptions.

Aria Minu-Sepehr has lectured on issues concerning Iranian culture and U.S. foreign policy, and created and directed Forum for Middle East Awareness at Susquehanna University, where he taught world and Middle Eastern literature.

He is the author of We Heard the Heavens Then: A Memoir of Iran—a Publisher’s Weekly “top ten memoir of 2012”—and has been anthologized in That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone. Aria teaches writing at WoodSprings Institute and is the copy editor of Judicature.

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