CEE Lunch & Learn Travel Grant Presentation: Social Change in Contemporary Iran

Thursday, November 1, from 12:20-2 p.m. in Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room E & F

Please read the articles below to prepare for the discussion on Thursday and feel free to comment on this post to get the conversation going!

Since its revolution in 1979 Iran has left considerable impact on some of the most crucial issues of our time and been a continued policy challenge for successive US administrations. Domestically it has also experienced an unprecedented and complex process of social change. But because of its relative diplomatic isolation and the partisan nature of conflicting accounts voiced both inside and outside the country, seldom a balanced picture is given in the media about the scale and depth of social change in today’s Iran. This CEE Lunch & Learn will have Dr. Ali Gheissari, USD Adjunct Professor of History and CEE Travel Grant recipient, present an overview of Iran’s changing society and the dynamics of its domestic and international politics.
To register for this luncheon online click here or call Johnny Bobe II at the Center for Educational Excellence at (619) 260-7402 or email cee@sandiego.edu.

Recent news and material on Iran

Iran’s Political Infighting Erupts in Full View (October 22, 2012)                           By Thomas Erdbrink
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/world/middleeast/dispute-between-ahmadinejad-and-rivals-in-iran-takes-bitter-turn.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Recent currency crisis (October 16, 2012)                                                                        By Rick Gladstone                                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/world/middleeast/irans-supply-of-currency-may-be-at-risk-in-sanctions.html

Talk Like an Iranian (September 2012)                                                                              By Christopher de Bellaigue                                                                     http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/09/talk-like-an-iranian/309056/

As the author learned in Tehran, yes sometimes means no.

Time to Rethink Iran (June 22, 2012)                                                                                By Jon Snow                                                                                         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTpLUSyUXcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

General Introduction: Council on Foreign Relations, Crisis Guide: Iran             http://www.cfr.org/interactives/CG_Iran/

7 parts: Overview, Timeline, The Iranian Regime, Iran and the Region, Nuclear program, Options, Resources

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