reporting on iran: can we know the truth

Leading Journalists Discuss Life in Iran

Monday, Mar. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. in New York City


Eugene Lang College at The New School hosts Reporting on Iran: Can We Know The Truth?

In the aftermath of the historic US-Iran deal, and the release of Washington Post correspondent and LANG alumnus Jason Rezaian (Class of '01) after 15 months of imprisonment in Tehran, leading journalists and human rights activists, discuss how we can learn the realities of life in Iran. 


Farnaz Fassihi is a Senior Writer for The Wall Street Journal. The author of Waiting For An Ordinary Day (PublicAffairs, 2008), a memoir of her four years covering the war in Iraq, she has also reported from Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Syria, and received numerous awards, including the Marie Colvin Award for Foreign Correspondence, two Overseas Press Club awards, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.  In 2009, she spent two months in Iran covering the presidential elections.  Born in the U.S., Fassihi grew up in Tehran and Portland, Oregon.   A 1999 graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2014-15.  Prior to joining the Journal, Fassihi worked as a reporter for The Star-Ledger of Newark, NJ, and The Providence Journal in Rhode Island.

Hadi Ghaemi is an expert on Iran and human rights. In 2008, he co-founded the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The Campaign has since become one of the leading organizations documenting human rights violations in Iran and building international coalitions to support human rights.  Previously, Ghaemi worked with Human Rights Watch.  Born in Iran, Ghaemi came to the U.S. in 1983 as a student, and in 1994 received his doctorate in physics from Boston University.  Until 2000, he was a professor of physics at the City University of New York.

Omid Memarian is an Iranian-born journalist.  He has written for the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, Daily Beast, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal,, San Francisco Chronicle, and Politico.  A World Peace Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2007-09), he is the recipient of a Human Rights Defender Award (2005), the highest honor given by Human Rights Watch.  As an analyst, he has appeared on MSNBC, NBC, BBC, and Al-Jazeera.  His photographs were published in The Great Recession (2008, UC Berkeley), and he has also edited a collection of cartoons and essays, Sketches of Iran (2013).

Laura Secor has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs, and other publications and has worked at The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The American Prospect and Lingua Franca.  She has been a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center and at the American Academy in Berlin and has taught journalism at NYU and at Princeton.  Her book, Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, was published by Riverhead Books in February.


Monday, March 14, 6:30-8:00 pm 


The New School's Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, 65 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10003

TICKETS The event is free, but members of the media must RSVP with Will Wilbur at [email protected] or 212.229.5667 x 3990

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