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Lifelong Learning - Iranians’ Quest for National Change

April 4 to 11, 2023 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST
Hosted Virtually by IUAA

Two Tuesdays, April 4, 11

7–8 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$30 per person


Nonviolent protests in Iran starting in early 1977 turned into revolution against the Pahlavi monarchy the following year. By the end of 1979 a theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran was established. Since the much-contested reelection of Ahmadinejad to a second presidential term in June 2009, Iranians have once again begun protesting political repression and economic corruption, as they did more than four decades ago against the last Pahlavi shah’s excesses. 

Now, protestors also are contesting orthopractic Shiite Muslim social mores they regard as infringing on personal choices and liberties. Adding to their disenchantment with the Islamist government is fury at economic mismanagement, housing shortages, rising inflation, and pervasive unemployment and under-employment. 

Will the new waves of dissent lead to yet another Iranian revolution, or will the incumbent regime put down the people’s challenge? If regime change occurs and the theocracy is ousted, who could take over? Could a secularly elected government emerge, or would it be a military dictatorship? How would regime change impact the lives of Iranians? Would there be new trajectories in Iran’s nuclear program and foreign relations? 

*Please note: this course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.

About the Instructor:

Jamsheed Choksy, distinguished professor in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and interim chair of the central Eurasian studies department, currently serves as director of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and is a recently elected Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. Choksy’s research covers the development of sectarian communities in central Asia, the near east, and south Asia studied through myriad interdisciplinary approaches.