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Expert on Iranian Issues to Speak March 13

February 21, 2008

Fatemeh Keshavarz, Ph.D., will speak on “Iranian Women in the 21st Century” at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, in the Leadership Room of the Spellmann Center.

Keshavarz is a professor of Persian language and literature and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Washington University.

A published poet and writer in both Persian and English, Keshavarz is the author of several books and many articles. Her most recent book, “Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran,” blends personal memoir with literary analysis and social commentary to break pervasive Western stereotypes of Iranians. In another work, "Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi," Keshavarz analyzes the poetic contribution of the well-known medieval Persian poet and mystic Rumi.

Raised in Shiraz, Iran, Keshavarz earned a bachelor's in Persian language and literature and a master's in library, archive and information studies from Shiraz University and a master of arts and a doctorate in Near Eastern studies from the University of London.

Keshavarz has appeared on CNN and in many films and television programs about Iranian society. She also takes interest in the broader implications of cultural education for world peace and spoke on this topic to the United Nations General Assembly in May 2007.

The Intercultural Club is sponsoring this event.


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