Education is Not a Crime: Higher Learning and the Baha'i Community in Iran
Screening of To Light a Candle and discussion with Mina Yazdani
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, some 80 students, faculty, and members of the greater Binghamton community attended the screening of the documentary film, To Light a Candle. The film was written, produced and directed by Maziar Bahari, a prominent Iranian-Canadian journalist, best-selling author, and film maker. The documentary shed light on a largely unknown subject: the decades-long denial of the right to higher education to Iran's Bahá'í community, that country's largest religious minority. The screening was followed by remarks and a discussion with Dr. Mina Yazdani, an accomplished historian of modern Iran, associate professor of Middle East history at Eastern Kentucky University, and author of "Higher Education under the Islamic Republic: The Case of the Bahá'ís," an article about the subject of the documentary published in the Journal of Educational Controversy, vol. 10, no. 1 (2015) (read the article here). The event was organized by Dr. Ayse Baltacioglu-Brammer and Dr. Omid Ghaemmaghami, sponsored by the Dept. of Classical & Near Eastern Studies, and cosponsored by a wide cross-section of the university, including the History Dept., the Dept. of Sociology, the Cinema Dept., the Dept. of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership, the Dept. of Human Development, the Middle East & North Africa Program (MENA), the Student Affairs Administration Program, and the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), with support from the Harpur College Visiting Speaker Fund.