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February 13, 2008: Fatemah Keshavarz

Keshavarz, a published poet and writer in both Persian and English, is the author of several books and articles. Her most recent book, "Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran," blends personal memoir with literary analysis and social commentary to break pervasive Western stereotypes of Iranians.

Raised in Shiraz, Iran, Keshavarz earned a bachelor's in Persian language and literature and a master's in library, archive and information studies from Shiraz University and a master of arts and a doctorate in Near Eastern studies from the University of London. She also takes interest in the broader implications of cultural education for world peace and in May, 2007, spoke on this topic to the United Nations General Assembly.

Public Affairs article: "Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran"