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Otterbein University Hosts Author Roya Hakakian

March 20, 2013

Westerville, OH—Author, poet, journalist and human rights activist Roya Hakakian will speak at Otterbein University about growing up in Iran as a Jewish woman on Tuesday, April 9. She will present her lecture, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, at 11:30 a.m. in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., and 6:30 p.m at the Courtright Memorial Library, 138 W. Main St. Both events are free and open to the public.

“We invited Ms. Hakakian to campus to facilitate a more complete discussion about U.S.-Iranian relations that deepens our understanding of the people, rather than the one-dimensional discussion we often hear,” said Otterbein Professor Shirine Mafi.

Born and raised in a Jewish family in Tehran, Hakakian came to the U.S. in 1985 for political asylum. Her essays on Iranian current issues frequently appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. She also contributes to the weekend edition of All Things Considered on NPR. She is a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction.

Hakakian’s most recent book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, is about Iran’s terror campaign against exiled Iranian rebels in Western Europe. It has been named a Notable Book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review, a Top Ten Not to Be Missed Book of 2011 by Newsweek and one of the Best Nonfictions of 2011 by Kirkus Review.

Her memoir of growing up as a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, was named Best Memoir of 2004 by the Connecticut Center for the Book, Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Best Nonfiction Book of 2004 by Elle magazine.

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