What's Up in the Middle East? Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the United States.
A Special Evening of Listening
Thursday, September 28, 2017
* Free to the public
Please plan to join the Oklahoma Conference of Churches in an evening of important conversation regarding the unique experiences in this particular region of the Middle East. We will have a special guest speaker and panel to engage in discussion and listening, followed by a dessert reception.

St. Paul's Cathedral
127 NW 7th Street
6:30-8:00 p.m.
(Reception from 8-8:30 p.m.)
The Evening's Speakers
Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh
Featured Speaker
Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh is associate professor of history and the Principal of The Mossadegh Initiative at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He specializes in history of Islamic political thought and constitutionalism.

His book, "The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani," (Syracuse, 2015) won the Best First Book Award by the National History Honor Society in 2016. He has written extensively on the Iran-Iraq War and his next book "Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War" is due out in Spring 2018. 
Marjan Seirafi-Pour

Marjan Seirafi-Pour is Persian language instructor and the Director of Outreach Programs at the University of Oklahoma’s Farzaneh Family Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. She received Master of Global Studies at the OU in 2011. Her thesis research focused on the Basiji women of Iran, a paramilitary volunteer militia established in Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. 

Marjan has been serving on the Board of ACLU-OK since 2009. She was appointed by Mayor Cindy Rosenthal to serve on Norman Human Rights Commission in 2011. Her third term as a commissioner has been approved by Mayor Lynne Miller. 

In 2007, Marjan was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve on the Ethnic American Advisory Council and to the Oklahoma Textbook Committee in 2009.
Dr. Samer S. Shehata
Samer S. Shehata is Associate Professor of Middle East studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has previously taught at the American University in Cairo, Columbia University, New York University, and Georgetown University. His areas of research include Middle Eastern politics, Egyptian politics, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist politics, and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East.

Dr. Shehata has also testified before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations in the United States Congress. He has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Research Center in Egypt, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009 for his work on Islamist politics.