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Visiting Scholar:
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo

Dr. Haghighatjoo
Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston
Women’s Studies Department and Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Dr. Haghighatjoo has held academic positions at MIT, Harvard University, and the University of Connecticut. She is currently a part-time faculty member at UMass Boston, where she teaches a course called Women in Global Perspective for the Women’s Studies program.

USC Columbia Campus Visit
Aug. 27 — Sept. 7

SCHEDULE
RELG 333/ WGST 333: Women & Religion Class guest speaker
    • TTH 2:00pm-3:15pm Aug.28 — Sept. 6
POLI/WGST 307 Feminist Theory guest speaker
    • Wed. Aug. 29 –
    8:40 – 9:55 am
    Cocker Life Sci. 104
Lecture: "Islam, Politics, and Gender Equality Movements."
    • Thu. Aug. 30 • 7:00pm Gambrell Hall
Panel Discussion: Dr. Haghighatjoo & three other scholars
    • September 5 • 7:00pm Gambrell Hall
Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Ph.D., an expert in Iran’s internal affairs and a leading advocate of human rights, women’s rights, and democracy in Iran, was a member of Iran’s reformist parliament from 2000-2004. She is a founding chair of the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy, Inc. (NID).

Dr. Haghighatjoo is being brought to USC campus through the Provost's Visiting Scholar Award program. Religious Studies, Political Science, Women's Studies, and the Walker Institute are each planning venues and activities where students, faculty, and the general public can have the opportunity of interacting with this noted activist and scholar.

She will be a guest speaker in the Women and Religion class for several class sessions. She will also be giving a lecture, "Islam, Politics, and Gender Equality Movements" in Gambrell Hall on Thursday, August 30 at 7pm. This lecture is open to the public. Political Science has also scheduled a panel discussion with Dr. Haghighatjoo and three other scholars addressing the Iran nuclear problem (possible topic: "What are the likely consequences of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israel and/or the USA?") This panel discussion will be held in Gambrell Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, September 5.

She will also visit and speak to the POLI/WGST 307 Feminist Theory class on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 8:40 – 9:55 am in the Cocker Life Science building, room 104. Later that same day there will be a reception for her from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, hosted by Women's and Gender Studies in Jones Physical Science building room 109.


In 2005, Dr. Haghighatjoo earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Tarbiat Moallem University in Tehran, Iran. She has served as an assistant Professor at the National University of Iran, and authored a book entitled Search for Truth (published in 2002). She was honored as a Young Global Leader 2005 by the World Economic Forum.

Currently, she works on "State Feminism" to define the institutionalization of women’s issues in Iran and show how it both promotes and limits women’s position there. She has published a book chapter and papers on the Iranian women’s movement. She is also working on a book manuscript entitled A Voice for Truth.

Dr. Haghighatjoo has been extensively interviewed and quoted by the international media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, BBC Persian TV and Radio, Voice of America, CNN, and others. Since arriving in the United States, she has given numerous talks regarding women’s rights and internal politics in Iran.





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