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DC | Beyond the Headlines: Women, Life, Freedom: The Protests in Iran
Wednesday, November 02, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: Events

Join WFPG for a moderated panel discussion on the protests following Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran, about the state of women’s human rights in Iran, and the importance of free press in supporting social and political change. The high-level panel will discuss the growing crisis facing women in Iran and whether this moment can be a catalyst for change.

If you are unable to attend in person, please register virtually using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the event.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we kindly ask that you remain home. All guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to present their proof of vaccination at the door before being granted access to the building. Fully vaccinated includes at least one booster shot, plus the original vaccination. No exceptions will be made.

11/01 Speaker Update: Please note that Nazila Fathi, one of our guest speakers, is unfortunately unable to join the event due to illness.

A conversation with:
Azar Nafisi, Critically acclaimed Iranian author
Nazila Fathi, Author, journalist, and scholar at Middle East Institute
Robin Wright, Joint Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center
Elisabeth Bumiller, (Moderator) The New York Times Washington Bureau Chief and WFPG Board Member

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 6-7:30 P.M. ET
6:00 to 6:30 Networking and Reception
6:30 to 7:30 Moderated Discussion and Audience Q&A

NYU John Brademas Center
1307 L St NW,
Washington, DC 20005

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Registration is now closed.

WFPG Members - $20        Non-Members - $25

Discounts available for Young Professional, Student, and Academic Circle Members

All guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to present their proof of vaccination at the door before being granted access to the building. Fully vaccinated includes at least one booster shot, plus the original vaccination. No exceptions will be made.

Iran Talk

Azar Nafisi  is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a New York Times bestseller that is published in thirty-two languages. Nafisi is also known for her other works including, Things I’ve Been Silent About, Republic of Imagination, and That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile. She most recently published Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times in March 2022. She has held various teaching posts across the world including at Johns Hopkins University, Oxford University, Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabai. She now resides in Washington D.C.


Iran Talk

Nazila Fathi is a published author and an expert in creating and curating content. She excels in building and implementing communications strategies and helping companies increase their visibility. As a former correspondent for The New York Times, she is passionate about telling powerful stories and helping people connect with their audience. The Guardian, Foreign Policy Association, and Vogue magazine named Fathi’s book, The Lonely War, One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran, the best non-fiction of 2014. She has also published children’s books: My Name is Cyrus and Avicenna, The Father of Modern Medicine. Fathi was an associate at Harvard Belfer Center and held fellowships at Harvard Nieman Foundation and Harvard Shorenstein Center.



Iran Talk

Robin Wright is a columnist for The New Yorker and a joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has reported from more than 140 countries on seven continents for The Washington Post, CBS News, TIME, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Wright has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and the University of California. She is the recipient of several awards including the United Nations Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of international affairs, Journalist of the Year by the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Overseas Press Club Award for “best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative” for coverage of African wars, the National Magazine Award for her Iran reportage in The New Yorker, and the National Press Club award for diplomatic reporting. She is the author of eight books, including “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World,” which was selected as the best book on international affairs by the Overseas Press Club. Wright is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awardee.


Iran Talk

Elisabeth Bumiller is an assistant managing editor of The New York Times and the Washington bureau chief, overseeing daily operations and leading all news coverage from Washington. She covered the Pentagon, John McCain's 2008 campaign and, from 2001 to 2006, she was a White House correspondent. Before moving to Washington, Ms. Bumiller was the Times’s City Hall bureau chief, responsible for covering Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and his Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton from 1999 to 2001. Bumiller worked for The Washington Post in Washington, New Delhi, Tokyo and New York. She is the author of three books: “Condoleezza Rice: An American Life”; “May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India”; and “The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family.” In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Bumiller was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and a Transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 


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