*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Understanding Iran and Iranians

For years, Iran has been represented as a rogue nation and a threat to Western allies and interests in the Middle East. Unfortunately, since 1979, the US has not had trained diplomats there, able to report without bias. The reporters who visit don’t speak Farsi and are closely monitored. Those who criticize are not invited back. Most other self-styled experts have not traveled to, or within Iran—certainly since 1979. The purpose of this course is to objectively inform about the people and country of Iran—its history, geography, culture, existential challenges—and also constructive potential. Note: This course does not meet on Friday, November 23.

Instructor Bio:

Since 1946, Laylin has been associated with Iran and Iranians. He lived there 15 years, in private business, between 1959 and 1979. Since 2006, he has visited often and traveled extensively throughout. Bicultural, with Iranian family, Laylin is socially/culturally accepted and well-connected. He participates in scientific information exchanges between the US and Iran.

Recommended Reading:

Limbert, John. Negotiating With Iran, 2009. Porter, Gareth. Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, 2014. Crist, David. The Twilight War: The Secret History of Americas Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran, 2012.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B504 David Laylin Nov 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14 Fr 1:30-3:00 p.m. Country Inn and Suites A

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