Fresh Ayers: Medea Benjamin - "Inside Iran" - Bill Ayers

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin discusses Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. She will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: When the Iran nuclear agreement was signed by President Obama in 2015, the world breathed a sigh of relief. Iran would not get nuclear weapons, relations between the Republic of Iran and the West would improve, and the moderates in Iran were empowered over the hard- liners. Then came President Trump, throwing US-Iranian relations into turmoil.

This easy-to-read book is designed to help Americans understand Iran so that we will be better equipped to prevent war! It recounts Iran’s long, proud history and the disastrous effects of outside intervention. It sets the stage for the 1979 Islamic revolution, and the religious regime’s crackdown on human rights, religious minorities, and women.

The book traces how decades of Western sanctions have affected daily life, and delves into Iran’s tumultuous relationship with the United States and with its neighbors in the region. Most importantly, it highlights the heroic efforts of Iranians to live in a more open, more democratic society free of outside interference.

About the author: Medea Benjamin is one of America’s best-known 21st-century activists. Co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange, she is the author of Drone Warfare (OR Books, 2012) and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection (OR Books, 2016) and has played an active role in the Green Party. A frequent contributor to Alternet, she has a Master’s Degree in both public health and economics. In 2012, she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize; she is also recipient of the 2014 Gandhi Peace Award and the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She is a mother and grandmother, and currently lives in Washington, D.C

About the interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637