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Chase Collegiate School presents a taste of Iranian history and culture with 'International Awareness Day: Iran'
Posted 10/16/2017 08:39AM

Iranian foreign policy expert will focus on the current outlook, as the Iran nuclear deal hangs in the balance

          What is the inside story of the Iran nuclear deal, and how might President Trump shift the policy? These are some of the timely questions Chase Collegiate School Upper School students will explore, with the help of one of the foremost Iranian policy experts in the U.S., on Wed., Nov. 15, when the entire school day will be devoted to the study of Iran. The public is invited to attend.

          Trita Parsi of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an expert on U.S.-Iranian relations and the geopolitics of the Middle East, will deliver the keynote address. Parsi is also the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, and the author of A Single Roll of the Dice---Obama's Diplomacy with Iran, and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States. He has also worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the United Nations, where he served on the U.N. Security Council.

          With the Iran nuclear deal hanging in the balance, this discussion could not be more relevant, said Jim Wigren, an Upper School history teacher and organizer of the event. "And Iran is an emerging power in that part of the world," he added.

          Wigren said the day will start with start with breakout sessions, or classes, taught by 12 different faculty members and 9 visiting experts.  Sessions will focus on the culture and history of Iran, including US-Iranian relations prior to the 1979 revolution, propaganda, calligraphy, literature and poetry, wrestling, and Farsi, the country's language.  Students will also participate in an activity in which teams will compete to solve a series of problems involving codes and shredded documents.

          A lunch of Persian food will be served by Greenleaf Catering of Southington, which specializes in kebabs, Persian stews, and chicken dishes. Dariush Rose, the owner, was formerly the chef to the British ambassador In Tehran, Wigren said.

          The day-long event  will also include the screening of the documentary,  The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid , a 2015 film that explores the life and thought of Iranian philosopher Ahmad Fardid, who crusaded against Western influence in Iran.

          For more information or to RSVP to attend the program, contact Jim Wigren at jwigren@chasemail.org


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