LIVE from the New York Public Library
As the media tracks Iran's growing nuclear arsenal and its potential as an
ideological powder keg, the Islamic Republic looms larger than ever in the
American imagination. Yet the country remains grossly misunderstood--seen
either as the third pillar of Bush's "axis of evil" or as a nation teeming
with teens who clamor for democracy, Western-style. Beneath it all,
Iranians--and their lives in the Islamic Republic--remain shrouded in myth and
stereotypes. So who in the world are Iranians in these shifting times?
Lila Azam Zanganeh, who aims "to corrode fixed ideas and turn cultural and
political clichés on their heads," is editor of *My Sister, Guard Your
Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes*, and will have a conversation with Azar
Nafisi, on the chrysalid of identity politics versus the durable pigments of
individual imagination. When politics collide with poetry. A panel will
follow with Azar Nafisi, Shirin Neshat, Roya Hakakian, Azadeh Moaveni and
Lila Azam Zanganeh, moderator, about the problematic notion of Iranian
identity: Who are we in these shifting times and how do we devise ways to formulate it?
The panel will give incisive perspectives on race, religion, and sexuality
in--and in exile from--the Islamic Republic. Oscar-nominated actress
Shohreh Aghdashloo will read from the book, and Sussan Deyhim,
the most famous Persian vocalist, will perform.
This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center.
$15 general admission and $10 library donors, seniors and students with
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