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Iran—or, formally, the Islamic Republic of Iran—is one of the world’s most feared nations, with the policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned quietly at home and vocally around the world. In 2011, it seems Iran is as suspect as in the late 1970s.

Cutting through this controversy to bring a firsthand view of this Persian land is Terry Taylor, who will present his talk, “Iran, Up Close and Personal,” this coming Tuesday, January 11 at Bellarmine University.

Taylor visited Iran as part of a 10-person citizen diplomacy team this past fall and emerged with an experience not frequently shared in the States. As a member of the nonviolence group Fellowship of Reconciliation, Taylor’s visit exposed him to not only the politics but the people of Iran. Some topics he will discuss include an exploration of the archaeological site of Persepolis; how past history, as illustrated the by Tehran’s Martyrs’ Cemetery, illustrates the extreme danger posed by taking military action against Iran; why economic sanctions against Iran may be counterproductive; and ways in which the U.S. potentially can improve relations and solve international differences with this Persian nation.
The event starts at 11 a.m. at Hilary’s on the first floor of Horrigan Hall. Visitors who do not have Bellarmine parking passes are asked to park in the freshman parking area near the tennis courts; passenger drop-off is available in Franciscan Circle immediately to the north of Horrigan. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jason Cissell, Bellarmine’s director of media relations, at 272-8329 or [email protected].

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