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Duke and UNC Experts Discuss the "New Politics" of Iran Nov. 14

Event will explore history of U.S.-Iranian relations, human rights and Iran's possible rapprochement with Western countries

Scholars from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will discuss the "new politics" of Iran on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Old Chem. 011 on Duke's West Campus. 

Co-hosted by the Duke Islamic Studies Center's ISLAMiCommentary project and the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke, the discussion begins at 5 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. 

"A New Iran?" will explore the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, domestic politics, human rights, President Rouhani's notion of political power, and Iran's possible rapprochement with Western countries and its implications for the region.  

Panelists include: 

-- theologian Mohsen Kadivar, a visiting Research Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke and an Iranian dissident in exile since 2008; 

-- Omid Safi, professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, who specializes in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam; 

-- Ali Reza Eshraghi, an Iranian journalist and teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

The discussion will be moderated by Duke political scientist Abdeslam Mahgraoui, whose research focuses on political identity, political institutions and political behavior in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Paid parking for the event is available at the Bryan Center parking garage. There is additional parking in the parking garage on Trent Drive, where the Bull City Connector also makes a stop.

The discussion will be streamed live online at