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  • Totalitarian Regimes and History
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    Totalitarian Regimes and History

    Historians and authors talked about how totalitarian regimes destroy cultural sites and artifacts in order to obscure historical memory from the public.

  • emRepublic of Imaginationem
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    Republic of Imagination

    Azar Nafisi talked about her book Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. She talked about the importance of reading literature to the character of American democracy. This…

  • emThe Republic of Imaginationem and emPlato at the Googleplexem
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    The Republic of Imagination and Plato at the Googleplex

    Azar Nafisi, author of The Republic of Imagination, talked about her book. She spoke at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International, held on the campus of Miami Dade College on November 22-23.…

  • emReading Lolita in Tehranem
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    Reading Lolita in Tehran

    Ms. Nafisi talked about her book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, published by Random House. Professor Nafisi resigned from her job as a professor of English literature at a…

  • Cultural Diplomacy Forum Part 2
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    Cultural Diplomacy Forum, Part 2

    Political and cultural leaders talked about how the U.S. can use culture as a means for communicating with other nations. Iranian Author Azar Nafisi spoke about relations with the Middle East and the Arab world,…

  • Azar Nafisi on New Media and Social Networking in Iran
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    Azar Nafisi on New Media and Social Networking in Iran

    Azar Nafisi gave the keynote address at a forum on new media and social networking in Iran. She talked about her experience as a woman writer in Iran, the history of the country, and what a…

  • After Words with Azar Nafisi
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    After Words with Azar Nafisi

    Azar Nafisi talked with Trita Parsi about her new book, Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories, her personal story of her life in Iran. She brings readers into her childhood and reveals the…

  • Protests in Iran
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    Protests in Iran

    Azar Nafisi, who lived in Iran during the 1979 Revolution, talked about the current reaction from citizens and leadership in Iran over the results of the presidential election. She also…

  • Sunday Book  Author Breakfast
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    Sunday Book & Author Breakfast

    John Hodgman talked about his book, his comedy routine, and the novel Dune by Frank Herbert. The panel talked about the media, specifically the 24-hour news cycle, book publishers, the role of…

  • emChasing the Flameem
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    Chasing the Flame

    Samantha Power talked about her book Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World. In the book she talks about the life and work of United Nations High…

  • Iranian Culture and Society
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    Iranian Culture and Society

    LIVE from the NYPL hosted a discussion titled “Who’s Afraid of Iran?” about the different conceptions people hold about Iranians and to expose some myths and stereotypes. It featured the…

  • emReading Lolita in Tehranem
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    Reading Lolita in Tehran

    Professor Nafisi discussed her new book, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, published by Random House. Ms. Nafisi is a former professor at the University of Tehran; she now…

  • National Book Festival
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    National Book Festival

    Continuous coverage of the history and biography tent was shown. A number of authors discussed their recent works and their experiences as researchers and writers. Speakers responded to audience questions.…

  • Women Authors  The Write Stuff
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    Women Authors: The Write Stuff

    Panelists discussed the lives, roles, and contributions of women. Among the topics addressed were the authors' books, their reasons for writing, and the identities of women. Ms. Sonenshine…

  • Democracy in the Middle East
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    Democracy in the Middle East

    Professor Nafisi talked about her article in the latest edition of the New Republic about democracy in the Middle East. She discusses whether “Western style” democracy was compatible with…

  • USIran Relations
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    U.S.-Iran Relations

    As part of the Open Forum, a panel of Middle East experts discussed whether the U.S. government should open lines of communication with the new regime in Iran. Following their discussion…