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Department of Political Science

Special Events to Feature Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist

Doctor Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a well-known proponent of global human rights and of women’s rights in Iran, will present a talk on August 30 on “Islam, Politics, and Gender Equality Movements,” and serve as one of four panelists on a Panel focused on the Iran nuclear controversy on September 5.   The Department is organizing both events as part of its collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies on Dr. Haghighatjoo’s visit to the University from August 27-September 7, a visit made possible by the Provost’s Visiting Scholar Grant Program. 

Dr. Haghighatjoo served in the Iranian Parliament from 2000-2004, and was the first member to resign when the anti-reform Guardian Council banned thousands of reformist candidates from the 7th Parliamentary election.  She was president of the Student Movement Caucus and a deputy of the Mosharekat Caucus in the 6th Parliament, as well as a member of the political bureau of the Mosharekt Party.  Before entering politics, Dr. Haghighatjoo served as a professor at Tehran University and Shahid Beheshti University, and was head of the Student Psychological Consultant Center of Iran University of Science and Technology.  More recently, Dr. Haghighatjoo has held several academic posts in the United States, including at the University of Connecticut, Harvard, and MIT.  She is currently a part-time faculty member at UMass Boston.  In 2005, Dr. Haghighatjoo was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economics Forum; and in 2010, she helped found the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy.  She is a noted and widely cited expert on Iranian politics, as well as a leading advocate for a civil and democratic society in that country. 

The presentation on August 30 will take place in Gambrell Auditorium beginning at 7pm, and is open to the public. 

The Panel event on September  5 will also take place in Gambrell Auditorium beginning at 7pm, and is open to the public.  The focus of the discussion will be on the likely consequences of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israel and/or the USA.  Besides Dr. Haghighatjoo, the Panel will include POLI Professor Katherine Barbieri, POLI Adjunct Professor Josef Olmert, and Dr. Tommy Crocker of the Law School.  The moderator will be Dr. Robert Cox, Director of the Walker Institute and a POLI Professor.   

Thursday, August 30, 2012