Iranian Lecture Series Announced

February 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Iranian Scholar Mohammad Amjad to Brief Capital Region on Iran's Elections, Nukes and Attitude Toward Israel

The Sage Colleges and the College of St. Rose jointly announce an important and compelling lecture series March 15-16 by Dr. Mohammad Amjad, who recently returned to the U.S. from Azad University in Tehran, Iran, on the heightening tensions between Iran and the international community.

On Monday evening, March 15, Amjad will address the results and aftereffect of Iran's 2009 presidential election. The next morning, March 16, he will discuss Iranians' thoughts and attitudes concerning the state of Israel. Later that evening, Amjad will conclude with a talk on Iran's continuing efforts to develop its nuclear capability in defiance of global demands that it cease.

The complete schedule of Amjad's lectures follows. All sessions are free and open to the public:

The Iranian Presidential Election of 2009 and the Emergence of the Democratic Resistance: Monday, March 15, 7 p.m., Bush Memorial, Russell Sage College, 45 Ferry St., Troy;

Israel in the Mind of Iranians: Tuesday, March 16, 8 a.m., Kahl Campus Center, Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany;

Iranian Nuclear Diplomacy and International Security: Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.,

Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, The College of Saint Rose, 985 Madison Ave., Albany

Amjad was a member of the Saint Rose Department of History and Political Science faculty between 1989 and 1991, during which he distinguished himself as an accomplished scholar and teacher. His first book, Iran: From Royal Dictatorship to Theocracy (1989), was widely and favorably reviewed. After leaving Saint Rose, he returned to his native Iran to pursue a distinguished academic career in Azad University's Department of Political Science. He was dean of the College of Law and Political Science at Azad University until he was dismissed for his efforts to defend academic freedom and the university's autonomy against the Ahmadinejad government's recent push to inject Islamic doctrine into the curriculum. Amjad's areas of expertise include Iranian foreign policy and nuclear diplomacy, Islamic movements, U.S.-Iranian relations and terrorism. Additional writings have included Strategies of Economic Development in South Korea and Iran (2005), American Government and Politics (2004) and articles in numerous international journals. Currently, Amjad is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Politics.

Amjad's lecture series is co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities at The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges including the Sherman David Spector Fund.

For additional information, contact Dr. Steven Leibo at Sage (, 518-244-2330) or Dr. Keith Haynes at Saint Rose (, 518-454-5203)