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Noted Iranian Scholar to Speak at Montgomery College, Nov.16 Dr. Haleh Esfandiari to discuss “A Dialogue of Failure: Iran and the U.S.”

Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak at Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 16 from 2–3:15 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Dr. Esfandiari will talk about “A Dialogue of Failure: Iran and the U.S,” followed by a question-answer session. Dr. Esfandiari joined the Wilson Center in 1994 as a fellow and has been director of the Middle East Program for 10 years.

She will also sign copies of her recent book, “My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran,” which will be available for purchase. The book is based on Dr. Esfandiari’s experience in captivity in Iran in 2007. Security agents arrested her while she visited her mother. She spent 105 days in solitary confinement.

She started her career as a journalist. Later, she was deputy secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran and deputy director of an arts cultural foundation. She left Iran in 1979.

She has taught Persian at Oxford University. From 1980 until 1994 she taught Persian language and literature, as well as courses on the role of women in Iranian society, at Princeton University.

For more information about this event, please contact Professor Elkin Taylor at or call 301-229-9270.

Visitors may park in student areas after 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

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