My Prison, My Home: Book Launch by Haleh Esfandiari
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Friday, Oct 2, 2009
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
University of Maryland
Stamp Student Union, Atrium,
College Park, MD,
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Introduction by Ambassador Joseph Gildenhorn
Chairman, University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees
A distinguished Iranian-American public intellectual and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Middle East Program, Dr. Haleh Esfandiari is the former deputy secretary general of the Women's Organization of Iran and has taught at Princeton University. She has also worked in Iran as a journalist and is the author of Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution. My Prison, My Home sheds significant light on contemporary Iranian politics and political culture. This is the way it has been described in the official publisher’s promotional flyer: “This memoir is an account of how Haleh Esfandiari’s yearly visit to her mother in her native Iran turned into a political nightmare that exposed the tensions in Iran-U.S. relations and the fear and paranoia that characterizes the current regime in Tehran. Esfandiari became the victim of the far-fetched belief on the part of Iran's Intelligence Ministry that she, a scholar and program director with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., was part of an American conspiracy for ‘regime change’ in Iran. In haunting prose and vivid detail, Esfandiari recounts how the Intelligence Ministry subsequently ordered a search of her mother's apartment; put her through hours and weeks of interrogation; tapped her phone calls, forcing her to speak in code to her husband and daughter; and finally detained her at the notorious Evin Prison, where she would spend 105 days in solitary confinement.”
Haleh Esfandiari – Dr. Haleh Esfandiari is an Iranian American Academic, writer and Scholar and the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in ...
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