Sociology Spring 2013 - Ramin Jahanbegloo

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Department of Sociology presents: 

Ramin Jahanbegloo



The Green Revolution in Iran and Civil society


The Green Movement that occurred in the summer of 2009 was a pivotal moment in modern Iranian history and the most promising indigenous democracy movement in the history of the Islamic Middle East. It showcased the strength and determination of the Iranian people as they took a stand against the Islamic Republic in the aftermath of what was clearly a fraudulent national election. Although it had certain shortcomings and failed to counter the brutal campaign of the Islamic Republic, the Green Movement was by no means a total failure. Due to the emergence of the Green Movement, Iranian politics and political culture have, for the foreseeable future, been greatly impacted and altered. The movement also managed to further delegitimize the state and depict its true violent and oppressive nature. Millions of Iranians risked their lives by opposing the injustices of the election and the regime’s brutal crackdown of the protests, their bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. However, one important question remains: can the gains of the Green Movement continue to flourish and eventually lead to a more free and democratic Iran? What are the key challenges facing the Iranian civil society if it hopes to regain its momentum.



68 5th Avenue, Rm 101

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