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Moravian to host Discussion on Post-Election Iran

Moravian Professors Arash Naraghi and Faramarz Farbod to explain abuse

Bethlehem, Pa., October 28, 2009— Moravian College will host a discussion led by two Iranian-born professors titled, “Post-Election Iran: Challenges to Human Rights,” on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm. in the Recreation Room of the Haupert Union Building. Sponsored by Amnesty International, their joint presentation will look at the crackdown on students and opposition leaders by the government and will offer a well-rounded view on this important international human rights issue.

Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of philosophy, and Faramarz Farbod, assistant professor of political science will examine and analyze the recent mass abuse of human rights following the contested Iranian elections, placing them in a political and historical context. Both colleagues are native Iranians and have been active in protesting the actions of the Ahmadinejad government, including speaking at the Hunger Strike/Protest at the U.N.

Naraghi will begin with an overview of the political structure of the Islamic Republic and conclude with commentary on the concept of velayat e faqih ("rule of the cleric") and its implications for human rights in Iran.

Farbod will give a brief account of the historical trajectory of the evolution of the Islamic Republic as a hybrid or compromised state from 1979 to the present, with an eye to both internal and external factors, and will conclude with a few remarks about the likely impact of the recent presidential election and its aftermath on politics in Iran.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.