Azar Nafisi - New York Democracy ForumEvent offered by:
Foreign Policy Association
National Endowment for Democracy
- Wednesday, April 20, 2005
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
New York, NY
- Event type
- Lecture / Panel
Event Transcripts and Video
Azar Nafisi, Visiting Fellow, Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) addresses the New York Democracy Forum.
Azar Nafis - Speaker
Azar Nafisi is a Visiting Fellow and professorial lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. A professor of aesthetics, culture and literature, Dr. Nafisi is the author of the critically-acclaimed best-seller, Reading Lolita in Teheran: A Memoir in Books, which is based upon her experience in Iran leading a discussion group of young women on forbidden works of Western literature prior to fleeing that country for the U.S. 1997. As a teacher at the Free Islamic University, Allameh Tabatabaii, and the University of Tehran-where she was eventually expelled for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil--she earned national respect and international recognition for advocating on behalf of Iran's intellectuals, youth, and especially young women.