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Education
FREE TALK
RELIGIOUS IDEOLOGY AND THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION


THURSDAY,
OCTOBER 5, 2000,
6:30 PM

LECTURE ROOM
FREE



Mansour Farhang, professor of international relations and Middle Eastern politics at Bennington College in Vermont, will speak about the freedom of expression in relation to the work of Salman Rushdie. He will address the implications of religion as ideology and focus on ways that state authorities use religious ideology to suppress creative and critical expression. Farhang, who has served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations, is the author of two books and dozens of articles in English and Persian. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor, and he is a regular commentator on the Persian broadcasting of BBC, Voice of America, and Radio France International. Presented in conjunction with an adapted version of Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Mixed Blood Theater. More information on the related Free First Saturday performance event.