Marlboro College

News Author and Journalist Hooman Majd Lectures on "Modern Iran" at Marlboro College, November 10

MARLBORO, VT - (October 27, 2009) - Marlboro College will present a free, open to the public lecture by Hooman Majd, entitled "Modern Iran: The People, Their Lives and What Makes Them Tick" in the Whittemore Theater at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 10.

Hooman Majd is the author of "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran," a New York Times bestseller and the 2008 Economist Book of the Year. Born in Iran, and raised and educated in America, Majd is the son of an Iranian diplomat and grandson of an eminent Ayatollah. He has worked as an advisor and translator for two Iranian Presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the United States and the United Nations.

In the lead-up to the 2009 Iranian Presidential elections, Majd appeared on the Dateline NBC series as an expert on Iranian culture and wrote a cover story for Newsweek called "Tehran or Bust." He also appeared on Charlie Rose and CNN, among other programs and networks, to provide analysis and insight into the post-election controversy.

The lecture will address the paradoxes Majd feels are inherent in the Iranian character and offers a corrective to portrayals of the Iranian people in the western media. From women cab drivers to reform-minded Ayatollahs, Iran is a country that wants better relations with the U.S., but with respect. Majd will also touch on the true motivations of Iran's leaders, looking at the post-election political and religious landscape and its complex relationship to Iraq, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

As a journalist, Majd has written for Salon, the New Yorker, GQ and Time. He is also a writer and contributing editor to Interview, and was an original blogger at the Huffington Post, where he continues to write.

Copies of "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ" will be available for sale in the lobby before and after the lecture. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 251-7644, or visit www.marlboro.edu.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.

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