Final 2022 Fulbright Research Speaker Series: Iranian women and their struggle for freedom

FOR OUR FINAL Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh, Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, and author of the award-winning book “Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War.”

Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh

In September 2022, an Iranian female journalist followed up with the news of a young woman who had ended up on life-support while in custody of the Islamic Republic’s Moral Police. The 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died as a result and thus began a wave of unprecedented protests led by Iranian women, which has now turned into a national crisis. Earlier, the protestors demanded that the mandatory hijab law of 1979 be rescinded, and the choice of clothing in public be given to them.

TOPIC “Iranian women and their struggle for freedom.”

WHEN December 7, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.


The government has responded by violently cracking down on the protestors, which is now a mix of male and female young adults.

Dr. Farzaneh will provide an historical overview of Iranian women’s struggle to gain freedom of expression and action that began in the 1800s.

Multimedia journalist Jackie Spinner, associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, will moderate this presentation. Prior to Columbia College Chicago, Spinner was a Washington Post reporter and Baghdad Bureau Chief, surviving attacks, car bombs and a kidnapping in Iraq.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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