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Women, Life, Freedom: A Colloquium on Women’s Rights and Current Events in Iran

November 3, 2022 from 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Women, Life, Freedom: A Colloquium on Current Events in Iran

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The Women’s Center and the Global Learning @Massasoit Team invite you to a friendly forum to learn more about the protests in Iran.  Whether you’re a world-news follower or no nothing of current events, join us to learn the historical context of these protests, the factors that lead to the current demonstrations, and how you can stay informed and connected. Bring your questions, concerns, and curiosity.

Our Presenters:

Dr. Pelin Kadercan is an associate professor of history and government at Massasoit and co-chairs the Massasoit Film Society. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, her research and teaching interests lie in the broad fields of displacement, war and migration, human rights, a comparative history of education, music, and film. Dr. Kadercan received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester, NY. She has been a visiting assistant professor at Brown University, a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading, UK, and a visiting professor at Bogazici University, Turkey. She is currently working on a book on the transnational history of émigré German and Jewish artists and musicians who fled Nazi Germany to Turkey in the 1930s.

Professor Panteha Sanati was born in Iran, and after the revolution of 1979, she left the country for Europe. After leaving England, she settled in California where she received her BA from San Diego State University. In 2003, she moved to Massachusetts where she earned her Masters at Fitchburg State University. Having experienced the revolution and the war with Iraq in 1980, she later dedicated her book, titled, “Under a Papery Roof: A Memoir about Life in Post-Revolutionary Iran and Exile” to her life as an Iranian woman living away from home. Panteha writes, paints, cooks, and always dreams of a free Iran, a land that she still considers home.

Dr. Sawsan Zahara is chair of the Elementary Education department at Massasoit and teaches classes across the college from Arabic to English as a Second Language. She is a member of the Global Learning @Massasoit Team, which expanded travel abroad opportunities on campus and brought a global learning certificate to the College. While Dr. Zahara is originally from Lebanon, her family has ties to Iran and relatives who are affected by the current events. 


Join us on Zoom on Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Accommodation Statement

Massasoit Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions related to access for this event, please contact Dr. Sawsan Zahara in advance of your participation or visit.


November 3, 2022
2:00 pm–3:00 pm