Iran's Blogosphere and Grassroots Voices: Risks and Rewards of Engagement
Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Time: 9:00a – 12:30p.
Location: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Co-sponsors: Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) & Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (lPDGC), George Washington University (GWU).
RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone to the BBG Office of Public Affairs at 202-203-4400.
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The agenda is below.
9:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:30 a.m. Welcome
Sean Aday, Director, IPDGC, GWU
D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, Board Member, BBG
Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GWU
Dr. Azar Nafisi, Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books and Things I Have Been Silent About; Executive Director of Cultural Conversations, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Panel 1: The New Media Landscape in Iran
Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Hida Fouladvand, VOA Persian News Network TV
Mohammad Tabaar, Adjunct Professor, GWU
Moderator: Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices
Panel 2: Prospects for a Grassroots Dialogue
Geneive Abdo, Fellow, Iran Analyst, The Century Foundation
Nikahang Kowsar, Cartoonist, Journalist and Blogger
Sonya Reines-Djivanides, Director, Track II Mediation Unit, Search for Common Ground
Moderator: Sean Aday, IPDGC
Golnaz Esfandiari, Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Prague
The conference will examine the powerful effect of new media and social networks in today’s Iran. It will also explore what opportunities may exist, even in the face of growing political tensions, for citizen diplomacy and people-to-people connections to grow and develop.
12:30 p.m. End