Mansour Farhang Talk on Iran’s Nuclear Program
Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents ‘Iran’s Nuclear Program: the Prospect of a Negotiated Settlement,’ with former ambassador and Bennington College professor Mansour Farhang, Wednesday, December 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt. The decade-long international negotiations to resolve Iran’s nuclear dispute has reached a critical stage and promises to result in an interim agreement. The lecture will evaluate the implications of containing Iran’s nuclear program for America’s Middle East policy and Iran’s regional ambition.
Mansour Farhang has a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate School. In the 1970s, he taught at California State University at Sacramento. Following the 1979 Iran revolution, he served as an adviser to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations. He resigned his ambassadorship in protest when his efforts to negotiate the release of the American hostages in Tehran failed. In the early months of the Iran-Iraq war, he worked with international mediators to settle the war, and wrote and spoke about the threat of religious extremists. He was forced to leave Iran following the violent suppression of political dissidents in 1981 and returned to the United States to become research fellow and lecturer at Princeton University. He has been teaching international relations and Middle Eastern politics at Bennington College since 1983, where he was awarded for Distinguished Teaching. He is the author of two books and dozens of articles, and his opinion pieces have appeared in various newspapers, and has appeared on radio and television. Mansour serves on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch/Middle East and is a member of the Columbia University Middle Eastern Seminar. The registration fee is $20. For more information and to register, visit greenmtnacademy.org or call the GMA office at 802-867-0111.