Sixty Plus Lecture: So Much More Than a Headline: The Iranian Revolution at Forty

When: February 11, 2019 - 1:00pm

Dr. Persis Karim, Professor of Comparative and World Literature, SF State

On February 11, Iran marks the 40th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution that toppled the former monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and ushered in a new political regime that not only dramatically changed Iran but shifted the geopolitics of the Middle East and the U.S. role there. Dr. Karim highlights some of the ways that the revolution and its political fallout have had much larger consequences in the region and in the U.S. She will also discuss the Iranian diaspora community and some of the troubling ways that Iranian citizens both inside Iran and in the United States have been affected by forty years of troubling relations between the two countries.

Dr. Karim holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Prior to coming to SF State in 2017, she taught at San Jose State University for 18 years. Her primary scholarship focuses on literature and culture of the Iranian diaspora.

Social time will follow. Sixty Plus members whose last names begin with the letters Haw – John are requested to bring treats. If you are not attending, make sure you contribute or arrange to have someone bring something for you.

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These programs will start at 1:00 with a short business meeting which is followed directly by the program.  Light refreshments will be offered.

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