Guest Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Lake Forest College
Prof. Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College and a Common Ground regular, will speak on the topic, An Iranian Professor’s Story. Last August Ahmad was arrested at the Imam Khomeini airport as he was on his way back to Chicago after a three month stay in Tehran. He was strip searched and put in solitary confinement for eight hours. This was followed by a two-month ordeal at the notorious Evin Prison. Ahmad will share the experience and put it in the context of the present developments after the conclusion of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and P5+1, as well as the immediate future of Iran and the Middle East.
Prof. Sadri received a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from Tehran University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He is an active member of the reform movement in Iran. Sadri has written more than 100 articles for scholarly journals and dozens of editorials for venues such as the Daily Star of Lebanon (the leading English language newspaper in Lebanon and the Middle East). In the U.S. he has appeared many times in public forums and in the media. He has written several books, one of which is Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals (Oxford University Press, 1992, 1994) which was chosen as an academic book of the year by Choice, the official journal of the American Library Association. The book has been translated into Korean and Persian (Tehran: Kavir, 2006)