Roya Hakakian will be on campus Tuesday, April 9 to present her lecture, "Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran," from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Riley Auditorium and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Library. Hakakian is a poet, writer, journalist, producer and human rights activist. Her essays on Iranian issues appear in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. She is also a regular contributor to the weekend edition of All Things Considered on NPR.
Roya Hakakian is a fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center and the author, most recently, of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, a study of the 1992 Mykonos killings of Iranian dissidents in Berlin. She is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on the board of Refugees International. She is a contributor to the Persian Literary Review and the weekend edition of All Things Considered. Her op-eds, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir of growing up a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, was Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year and Elle magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2004. She is also a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction. Hakakian came to the United States in 1985 on political asylum.
Her visit is part of a community conversation sparked by artist Jon Rubin’s temporary work “The Time and The Temperature” placed downtown on Broad Street at Third Avenue as part of the FINDING TIME: Columbus Public Art 2012 bicentennial celebration. The work simply displays the real-time time and temperature of Tehran, Iran allowing numerous interpretations about the artist’s intent and, ultimately, connecting us to the reality of life in a country whose name ignites controversy in the U.S.
Generous contributions from the Otterbein University Humanities Advisory Committee (HAC), INST, the Library, Graduate School, Professional Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as The Columbus Public Art 2012, made it possible for Hakakian's visit.