Education is Not a Crime Day - Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Friday, February 27, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Do you believe education is a human right? Do you support freedom of religion? Are you interested in social and economic development in Iran and the Middle East?
Student groups at Georgetown University welcome area citizens to join them in supporting the global campaign, "Education is Not a Crime," which supports universal access to higher education in Iran.
This event is free, open to the public and media, and limited to 325 attendees. Program includes a panel and discussion that will follow a screening of a (55-min) film, "To Light a Candle," directed by Maziar Bahari - subject of Jon Stewart's movie Rose Water. Maziar is an Iranian/Canadian journalist, film maker, and human rights activist. Film trailer available here.
Augusto Lopez Claros, Director, World Bank, Global Indicators and Analysis - Bio here
Jacques Berlinerblau, Director and Professor, Georgetown School of Foreign Service - Bio here
Winston Nagan, Founding Director and Professor, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development, University of Florida Levin College of Law - Bio here
Mariam Memarsadeghi, Cofounder and CoDirector, Tavaana - Bio here
About the campaign: Education is Not a Crime is aimed at exposing social injustice and religious intolerance through personal stories and rare footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk. It is a powerful statement – not only about the spirit and determination of an oppressed minority population, but also about the vital role of education in building communities and sustaining hope.
About the film: The Baha'is are a religious minority in Iran. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the Baha’i community has been the target of systematic state-sponsored repression. They are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Iranian government. The Islamic regime bans the Baha'is from studying or teaching in Iranian universities. But the Baha'is do teach, and they do study.
In 1987, the Baha'is started BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education), an informal higher education institution with hundreds of students in Iran, and dozens of teachers in Iran and around the world. Through powerful interviews, exclusive secret footage shot by citizen journalists, rare archival material, and dramatic letters written by a Baha'i prisoner currently in jail in Iran, “To Light a Candle” shows how a small minority has defied the brutal systematic religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth. Through BIHE, the community has championed equality and non-violence, garnering support from educators around the world. Yet, its students and teachers still face enormous obstacles: classes are held in people’s homes and the threat of arrest is part of daily life.
A huge thanks to our event sponsors:
Georgetown University Lecture Fund (GULF)
Georgetown University Roosevelt Institute (GURI)
Iranian Cultural Society (ICS)
International Relations Club (IRC)
Interfaith Student Association (GU Interfaith)
Washington DC Baha'i Community
When & Where
Georgetown University student organizers, alumni, and clubs
The director of the film is Maziar Bahari, an Iranian/Canadian journalist, film maker, and human rights activist who was imprisoned in Iran for 118 daysin 2009. Bahari was also subject of Jon Stewart's movie Rose Water. Many thanks to Georgetown University students who are making this screening possible.
Visit the campaign website at: http://www.educationisnotacrime.me/