Faculty-Staff Digest - (01/07/2013  @ 10:15 AM)

Education Under Fire (Lucy Cunningham)

For the past 30 years the Iranian government has denied the right to higher education to all of the members of its largest non-Muslim minority, the Baha'is. In 1987 the semi-underground Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was formed to give young Baha'is their only chance for a university-level education. Despite repeated raids and arrests, volunteer teachers and administrators created an independent, decentralized university system that has lifted the lives of thousands of Baha'i students across Iran. In May, 2011, an organized assault was launched by the Iranian government in an attempt to shut down the BIHE. Over 30 homes were raided and over a dozen BIHE professors and administrators were detained. Several are still in prison for doing nothing more than trying to teach. A 30 minute documentary film, endorsed by Amnesty International, connects a diverse audience to a grave human rights issue, a powerful story of resilience against oppression, and the need to respect human rights everywhere.

The Brunswick Baha'i Community will be showing the documentary film, "Education Under Fire",
Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room
Brunswick

The documentary will be followed by a conversation with a panel on the themes of religious discrimination and the right to public education, which the film addresses. The event is free and open to everyone.
For more information on the movie, visit:
www.educationunderfire.com
For more information on the event, contact Lucy Cunningham, lcunning@bowdoin.edu, 725-3287