Reza Aslan – An American Martyr in Persia

In 1907, educator and American missionary Howard Baskerville traveled to Iran in the midst of a democratic revolution led by a group of brilliant young firebrands committed to transforming their country. The Persian students Baskerville educated inspired him to join them in their fight. Reza Aslan speaks with Jennifer Derr about Baskerville’s story and what it might teach us about our own ideals of constitutional democracy and whose freedom we support.

Reza Aslan is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy- and Peabody-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His producing credits include the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and the hit CBS comedy United States of Al. He is the host and Executive Producer of CNN’s Believer and Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, as well as co-host along with Rainn Wilson of the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake. Read Reza’s full bio here.

Presented by the Center for Middle East and North Africa, and co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Registration appreciated, but not required. 

Thursday, January 25 to 7:30pm

Hay Barn
1008 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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