In 1979, seemingly overnight, Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has largely been a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the horizon.
But inside Iran, according to Laura Secor's Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, a much different picture has unfolded. With traditions drawn as deeply from the West as from the East, religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists, and activists have wrestled with their country's apparatus of violent repression and reimagined what Iran should be.
Join us for a conversation between Laura Secor and Stephen Heintz on the unprecedented history of Iran and the stories of individuals painting an indelible portrait of a nation striving for change.
Director and Senior Fellow, New America
Author, Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Copies of Laura Secor's Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran will be available for purchase. Follow the conversation online using #SoulofIran and by following @NewAmericaNYC.
This event is presented in partnership with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, philanthropy for an interdependent world.