Roya Hakakian: 'Understanding Racism in America: Lessons from my Iranian Jewish Father'

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Buley Library - Room 204

The Judaic Studies Program is honored to host Iranian memoirist and journalist Roya Hakakian, who will give a talk entitled, "Understanding Racism in America: Lessons from my Iranian Jewish Father."

When the Neo-Nazi mob in Charlottesville recently shouted "Jews Will Not Replace Us," Roya Hakakian heard the echoes of a life she was sure she had left behind for good in her birth country of Iran. But as she watched African-American activists confront the white supremacists, the tales of anti-Semitic discrimination her father had told her began to take on a whole new meaning. Her talk is an exploration of the deeper and more lasting effects of that experience for African Americans and Jews.

Roya Hakakian is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood in Revolutionary Iran, as well as the author of numerous other works and journalism.  She was fortunate to receive political asylum as a Jew to this country along with her mother before Iran had become a banned "Muslim" country.

Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Steering Committee, with co-sponsors, including Black Students Union, and the departments of History, Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy.

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Buley Library - Room 204
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT 06515


Corinne Blackmer
Phone: (203) 392-6715