"Hostages" Screening with Producer Shahruz Ghaemi '19

November 29, 2022 - 5:30 pm
Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Beneski 107 (Paino)

On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian student demonstrators broke into the sprawling compound of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took dozens of embassy staff hostage. Their occupation made a dramatic intervention in Iran’s ongoing revolution against an American-backed monarchy. Although they only planned a 48-hour protest, the takeover turned into a media spectacle that also captured the remaining 444 days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Hostages is a new four-part documentary about the Iran-U.S. relationship during this tumultuous period, featuring perspectives from both Iranians and Americans directly involved in the Iran Hostage Crisis.

1979 was a watershed year in the history of Iran and the broader Iranian diaspora; as Iranians are currently mobilizing in protests sparked by the killing of Mahsa Amini, the legacies of 1979 are again thrown into sharp relief.

Shahruz Ghaemi '19, associate archival producer, will introduce and screen a selection from the documentary. Shahruz graduated from Amherst with a major in history and a background in film and media Studies. He is a freelance producer working in the field of historical documentaries, currently based in Seattle.

Victim Testimony, Mass Violence, and Trials in Interwar Europe

September 21, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Open and free to the public. Please check current campus masking requirements here.

Alexandra Garbarini (Williams College)

What did it mean for victims to bear witness to mass violence in the aftermath of the First World War? This lecture takes up the question of victim testimony in relation to two widely publicized murder trials in Berlin and Paris in the 1920s which spotlighted the genocide of Armenians and the pogroms against Jews in Ukraine. Decades later, Hannah Arendt and Raphael Lemkin, among others, would continue to reference the centrality of testimony in the trials. Paradoxically, the trials muted victim testimony while making it a central theme.


Sponsored by the Eastman and Lurcy Lecture Funds.

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