In 1968 students at Lewis and Clark University in Portland, OR, participated in an international study abroad program that featured home-stays and study in Tehran. In 2017 several of the group returned to Iran under the leadership of Paul Barker, one of the original students who later served in the Peace Corps in Iran and made helping people in that region of the world his life-long career. Read the full story HERE.
Iranian Culture Night Featuring PCIA Author Rea Keech
More than 50 residents attended the Crofton Community Library’s “Iranian Cultural Immersion Night Through Literature, Poetry and Music” on Aug. 7.
Attendees heard Author Rea Keech read passages of his fictional novel “A Hundred Veils” inspired by his years in the Peace Corps teaching English at the University of Tehran from 1967 to 1969.
Before each chapter was read, Mostafa Rahbar, Keech’s Iranian roommate in the 60’s, read Farsi poetry. The men have remained friends for over 50 years and Rahbar now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Read the full report on this event by clicking here.
You can download the August 2017 From the Field here.
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Recommended Iranian Novels
This list of Iranian novels was developed by Heba El-Shazli, an Egyptian political science professor at George Mason and Georgetown Universities. I took a number of courses she taught on Understanding the Middle East Through Literature, including a 6-six lecture course on Iran. Heba’s classes mix lectures on the politics, economics and cultural side with discussion of particular novels. They are given at Politics and Prose, a terrifically creative bookstore in D.C.
Andy Mott, Peace Corps Volunteer, Pahlavi University, Shiraz 1965-7
To download the list, click here.
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