Iran: Silencing Scientists, the case of Omid Kokabee

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    Iran: Silencing Scientists and Squelching Scholarship


    A dialogue on how to address this pressing issue, featuring the case of Omid Kokabee, imprisoned Iranian physicist.


    Text Box: Omid Kokabee, a talented young physicist doing         postgraduate work at UT Austin was sentenced to ten years in         Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for           allegedly conspiring with enemies of Iran and receiving         “illegitimate funds.”      


    Panelists will include:


    Dr. Eugene Chudnovsky, Co-Chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientists and Distinguished Professor of Physics at the City University of New York


    Dr. Arash Alaei, prominent HIV/AIDS researcher and former prisoner of conscience in Iran, SUNY Albany


    Dr. Herb Berk, professor of physics, University of Texas, Austin and Omid Kokabee’s adviser


    Dr. Bernd Kaussler, Professor of Political Science, James Madison University


    Mehrangiz Kar, lawyer and human rights activist


    Dr. Hossein Sadeghpour, American Physical Society and the Institute for Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics


    Saturday November 16, 2013  3:00 to 5:00 pm
    Georgetown University, ICC Auditorium, 37th and O Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


    The program is co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA and the Amnesty International Georgetown University chapter, The Committee of Concerned Scientists, The American Physical Society,  The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

    The event is free and open to the public.




    We will be sending a flyer shortly and a web link.




    Best wishes,


    Elise Auerbach


    Iran country specialist, Amnesty International USA