Cultural critic and Iranian scholar Dabashi to speak for Assembly Series

Talk is titled ‘The End of an Islamic Republic’

Cultural critic and Iranian scholar Hamid Dabashi, PhD, will give an Assembly Series presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium. His address, “The End of an Islamic Republic,” is free and open to the public.


A prolific author, Dabashi has published 20 books and hundreds of book chapters, reviews and essays on subjects covering diverse scholarly interests, including Islamic and Iranian history, philosophy, art and culture; Persian and comparative literature; current affairs; world cinema; and the aesthetics of art.

At Columbia University, where he holds the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Dabashi helped establish the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, as well as the Center for Palestine Studies.

Dabashi also is an expert on Iran’s Green Movement, which arose from the disputed Iranian presidential election of 2009 and the brutal repression of its citizens.

He covers this growing, powerful civil rights movement in his most recent book, Iran, the Green Movement and the U.S.: The Fox and the Paradox. In the book, Dabashi considers Iran’s geopolitics as well as its internal politics, addresses the tumultuous relationship between Iran and the United States, and suggests the best course of action for peace in the region.

Further insight into the movement is provided weekly by Dabashi via a YouTube broadcast called The Week in Green with Hamid Dabashi.

After his undergraduate education in Iran, Dabashi came to the United States, where he earned dual doctoral degrees in sociology and Islamic studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a postdoctorate fellowship at Harvard University.

For more information on this Assembly Series program or future speakers, visit the website at or call (314) 935-4620.