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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Rethinking Iran book discussion on, “Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran,” with author Lior Sternfeld, May 3 in Washington, DC

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a session with Lior Sternfeld, to discuss his latest book, Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran, which is one of the first definitive histories of Iran’s ancient Jewish community. This event is part of Rethinking Iran, a new, year-long initiative which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution with a series of events offering fresh perspectives of the revolution’s cultural, societal, and political consequences.
During the event, Sternfeld will explain the challenges associated with conducting research for the book and examine topics he explored in it such as Iranian Jewish life and how the Jewish community in Iran balances its relationships to the country and Zionism. Additionally, Sternfeld will delve into Iran-Israel relations.
Time and Date
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting 'Media' at the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Please note: Interviews may only be conducted with the speaker after the discussion in Kenney-Herter Auditorium.
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speaker
Lior Sternfeld is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State University. His research focuses on the Jewish and other minority communities in the region. Between Iran and Zion:Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran draws on family stories, autobiographies, interviews, and previously unexplored archives to tell the first comprehensive history of the Iranian Jewish community in 20th century Iran.
About Rethink Iran
Rethinking Iran is a new, year-long series of events exploring the cultural, societal, and political consequences of the 1979 Revolution. The initiative will present an in-depth view of modern Iranian culture and society by offering insights from artists, journalists, academics, and other subject-matter experts alongside hot-button geopolitical issues. The series is directed by Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli and Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila N. Chaudhary and is sponsored by the Office of the Dean and The Big Picture of the Foreign Policy Institute.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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