Blog Archives

Misreading Iran’s Elections: Iranian Infighting and American Narcissism

World Affairs Journal – Iran’s presidential election of June 14th is being hailed as a political opening. The landslide victory of Hassan Rouhani, who had called for moderation in foreign and domestic policies, for a more open state news media,

I Heart Khomeini

Wall Street Journal – Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett’s “Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic of Iran” is a long and elaborate promotional brochure designed to sell Americans on the

Bending Iran to the Rule of Law

New York Times – As Iran says it plans to upgrade its main nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz, and talks on its disputed nuclear program are set to resume this month with world powers, we can look to one brilliant

Daughter of the Storm: An Iranian Literary Revolution

NPR – Adolescence is a universally grave hour. Mine was made graver by a revolution in 1979 in my beloved birth country of Iran. The mutiny I felt within had an echo in the world without. On the streets, martial

Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA

Date: November 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm Location: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Hammer Museum (view map) Roya in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple  In conjunction with the exhibition Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at the Fowler Museum

Yale University in New Haven, CT

Day and Time: November 5, 2012  Location: Yale University Roya to give the 2012 Naomi Schor lecture  (more details forthcoming) 

West Chester University Poetry Center in West Chester, PA

Date:  October 30, 2012 Location: West Chester, PA 4:30 pm Roya will discuss the process of writing creative non-fiction at the Poetry House, 823 S. High St. (view map). 7:00 pm Roya will give a reading at the Philips Autograph Library,

Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Time & Date: October 27 at 7:00pm  Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street  (view map) As part of the History Institute for Teacher’s program “Iran and the Geopolitics of the Middle East,” taking place Oct 27-28, Roya will deliver the keynote address

What Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ Misses About Iran

The Daily Beast – As one of the students protesting outside the American embassy during the Iran hostage crisis, Roya Hakakian writes about her unique perspective on Ben Affleck’s film Argo. But she says the film misses the essential point

How Blaming the West Hides a War on Women

The Washington Post – The targeting of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl shot nearly two weeks ago by a Pakistani Taliban assassin, brought back memories of my teenage years in Tehran, where theocratic zealots were similarly in control. The words