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To Stand Against War: Conversations with Hamid Dabashi

To Stand Against WarThe Costs and Consequences of War with Iran

Friday, April 6, 2012, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Boston University - CAS Room 522
725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
BU Central T (Green Line "B")

For three decades, the U.S. has refused to acknowledge the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Instead, the U.S. has pinned its strategy in the Middle East on isolating and weakening Iran via threats, intimidation, and economic sanctions.

Now, the U.S. and Israel are preparing to take the next step: military action. The proferred justification is Iran’s nuclear program – which U.S. intelligence agencies admit is for civilian purposes. However, the true reasons are clear: to eliminate the threat of an independent Iran in the Middle East.

Now, as U.S.-European sanctions put the price of food out of the reach of many ordinary Iranians and the threat of bombs falling is a daily concern, the time is now for the U.S. peace movement to reconstitute itself and make its call: No Sanctions, No War.

Here, at BU, we’ll be kicking things off with a lecture from one of the most prominent Iranian voices: Columbia Professor of Iranian Studies Hamid Dabashi. Professor Dabashi will join us to discuss the costs and consequences of the U.S.-led sanctions program and U.S.-Israel military strikes. Professor Dabashi will also discuss the implications of U.S. hostility towards Iran on Iran’s human rights workers, as well as on Iran’s Green Movement.


Born on 15 June 1951 into a working class family in the south-western city of Ahvaz in the Khuzestan province of Iran, Hamid Dabashi received his early education in his hometown and his college education in Tehran, before he moved to the United States, where he received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in his field. He has written 20 books, edited 4, and contributed chapters to many more. He is also the author of over 100 essays, articles and book reviews in major scholarly and peer reviewed journals on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art (trans-aesthetics).

A committed teacher in the past three decades, Hamid Dabashi is also a public speaker around the globe, a current affairs essayist, and a staunch anti-war activist.

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