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The final lecture in Eastern Kentucky University’s year-long Chautauqua Lecture Series, the International Studies keynote address, will examine international politics, specifically the Middle East and post-revolutionary Iran.

Dr. Mehzrad Boroujerdi, professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will discuss “Post-Revolutionary Iran: Truths and Consequences for Middle East and International Politics.” The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.

Boroujerdi has authored several important works on comparative politics about Iran and the West, most recently “Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook” with Kourosh Rkimkhani. He also served as an editor of “Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft.” In addition to his books, he has written more than 30 journal articles and book chapters in English and Persian. His work has been published in international media outlets such as Associated Press, the New York Times, NPR and others.

Boroujerdi’s service, scholarship, and writing have been recognized with numerous awards and fellowships, most recently the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund’s Outstanding Service Award in 2011. He also co-founded the Iran Data Portal, has served in several administrative positions at Syracuse, and has served in many organizations dedicated to studying and serving the Middle East and Iran.

The lecture is sponsored by the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Centre of Academic Excellence; the Office of Graduate Education and Research; the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion; the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center; and the Honors Program.

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