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Book talk: Medea Benjamin, "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran"

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: UMass Boston • Campus Center, 3rd floor, Ballroom C • Boston

When the Iran nuclear agreement was signed by President Obama in 2015, the world breathed a sigh of relief. Iran would not get nuclear weapons, relations between the Republic of Iran and the West would improve, and the moderates in Iran were empowered over the hard-liners. Then came

President Trump, throwing US-Iranian relations into turmoil.

This easy-to-read book is designed to help Americans understand Iran so that we will be better equipped to prevent war! It recounts Iran’s long, proud history and the disastrous effects of outside intervention. It sets the stage for the 1979 Islamic revolution, and the religious regime’s crackdown on human rights, religious minorities, and women.

The book traces how decades of Western sanctions have affected daily life, and delves into Iran’s tumultuous relationship with the United States and with its neighbors in the region. Most importantly, it highlights the heroic efforts of Iranians to live in a more open, more democratic society free of outside interference.

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Sponsored by the Honors College, William Joiner Institute, American Studies, and Women Studies Departments

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