Public Relations  >  News Center  >  News Releases  >  February 2009  >  February 25, 2009  >  Best Selling Author and Expert on Iran to Speak at Creighton
Best Selling Author and Expert on Iran to Speak at Creighton

Best Selling Author and Expert on Iran to Speak at Creighton

Hooman Majd, author of the bestselling book “The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran,” will speak on “The Iran Question: Understanding Iran and What We Should Do About It,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Skutt Student Ballroom on Creighton University’s campus.

The Lecture is free to the public.

His talk will cover Iran’s recent history, its people and their perceptions of America, and the strategic challenge it now poses.

The Economist selected the “Ayatollah Begs to Differ” as one of the best books of 2008. It was a New York Times bestseller, and was rated the No.1 foreign policy book and the No. 1 book on Islam at

Majd, born in Iran, and raised and educated in America, is the son of an Iranian diplomat, and the grandson of an eminent Ayatollah. He has worked as an advisor and translator for two Iranian presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the U.S. and the U.N.

The lecture is sponsored through the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History. The professorship is named in honor of the late Rev. Casper, a long-time member of Creighton’s history department and an expert on 19th century European history and on American church history. His most important work was a three-volume history on the Catholic Church in Nebraska.

The Casper Professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.