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An American Martyr in Persia
Reza Aslan, bestselling author and expert in world religions

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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An American Christian missionary named Howard Baskerville became a martyr for Persia (modern day Iran) 113 years ago when he joined his students in their democratic revolution against a tyrannical shah backed by British and Russia. His death became the catalyst for revolutionaries who removed the Shah from power, signed a new constitution, and rebuilt Tehran’s parliament. Author Reza Aslan uses Baskerville’s life to explore democracy, religion, and commitment to ideals in “An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville.” Join us in conversation with Aslan, a New York Times bestselling author who believes Americans should examine our ideals of constitutional democracy and freedom.

About the Author:

Reza Aslan HeadshotReza Aslan is a tenured professor of creative writing and religion expert at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of trustees for both the Chicago Theological Seminary and the Yale Humanist Community. Aslan has a B.A. in religious studies, and a masters of theological studies from University as well as a a PhD in the sociology of religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was named the Truman Capote Fellow in fiction while receiving a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa. He is an internationally renowned New York Times best-selling author and an Emmy and Peabody nominated producer. Aslan is the co-founder of the Middle East content provider BoomGen Studios.

About the Moderator:

Joanne CummingsJoanne Held Cummings is a lecturer in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Science at Baylor University and a Distinguished Senior Fellow on National Security at the Middle East Institute. She retired as a Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Department of State, having served in U.S. Embassies across the Middle East and in Central Asia and the Pacific. In her role as a United States Foreign Service Officer, Cummings led a U.S. diplomatic mission, political and economic units, and served as advisor to senior military commanders in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in the broader Middle East. She led U.S. humanitarian programs on displacement in Iraq. During her international life and career, Cummings gained extensive diplomatic, national security, and humanitarian experience across the Middle East and North Africa (including Turkey and Iran), Central Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Oceania.


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