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Support the 41: Iranian Student Activism in Northern California, 1970-1971 (Ida Yalzadeh)

When: Monday, September 28, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public — registration required

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Co-Sponsor: Asian American Studies Program
Center for Historical Studies
Department of Art History

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Please join the Middle East and North African Studies Program, the Asian American Studies Program, and the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies for this talk by Ida Yalzadeh.

In this talk, Professor Yalzadeh will examine the implications of the 1970 takeover of the Iranian Consulate in San Francisco by the Iranian Students Association. The takeover, which caused the first mass arrest of Iranians in the United States, was significant both to their relationship with US state apparatuses and the cross-coalitional potential of the group in the Bay Area. Using the private papers of ISA member Parviz Shokat, nascent forms of solidarity are forged in this era that will continue to characterize the ISA's work in the United States during and after the Iranian Revolution.

Ida Yalzadeh is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies at Northwestern University and the 2019-2020 Marilyn Blatt Young Dissertation Completion Fellow from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in 2020. She is currently working on a book project titled "Solidarities and Solitude: Tracing the Racial Boundaries of the Iranian Diaspora."

Professor Yalzadeh will be teaching two courses in the 2020-2021 academic year that will be cross-listed between Asian American Studies and MENA Studies: Race and Nation in the United States: Belonging, Longing, and Resistance (Winter Quarter) and U.S. Media Representations of the Middle East (Spring Quarter).

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