Iran lecture goes on, sans baroness

By By Katie Valentine

By Katie Valentine

An English baroness originally from Iran who was scheduled to speak at the 17th Reza Khazeni Memorial tonight has cancelled her visit.

Baroness Haleh Afshar was supposed to speak Thursday and tonight at a U Middle East Center event about the history of women and feminine roles in Iran. Because of family problems, she will not be speaking, but the event will still take place. The Middle East Center will be hosting the event and asked Shireen Mahdavi, U history professor, to speak instead.

Mahdavi has a leg injury but willingly agreed to speak in Afshar’s place.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Mahdavi has held many positions working with organizations for women and social welfare. Her lecture will focus on the fact that Iranian women have not always been oppressed, citing examples in Iranian history from A.D. 224 to present day.

The event will be in the Eccles Auditorium in the Tanner Humanities Building at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception after the event.