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EPIC/SPS Talk: "My Story: Paved with Good Intentions"

A conversation between Barry Rosen, held hostage in the US Embassy in Tehran for 444 days, and Jo Shepherd, Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia

Barry Rosen first went to Iran in 1967 for a two year tour of duty as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He returned to Iran, which he now thought of as a ‘second home,’ in 1978 to serve as Press Attaché for the US Embassy and walked straight into the Iranian Revolution and a consequent global crisis. Angry university students successfully breached the Embassy gate and walls and eventually held Mr. Rosen and 51 of his embassy colleagues prisoners under conditions where they never knew what was going to happen to them and were always taunted with torture and threats of death.

In this conversation, Mr. Rosen will think back to his hostage experience and the psychological aftermath. He will also speak about events in his life subsequent to his release from captivity that are related to captivity. One of these events explains Prof. Shepherd’s participation in the conversation. Mr. Rosen and Prof. Shepherd will save time for questions and discussion that can extend unto a reception that follows the conversation.

EPIC/SPS Talks, with discussion, are a collaboration between three organizations: Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC); Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS); and Morningside Retirement and
Health Services (MRHS).

FREE. Seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. 

dd2807 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu (RSVP)

 

Iran crisis ex-hostages coming down steps of USAF C-9 plane after release in 1981 (from bottom to top): Barry Rosen, John Limbert & Bert Moore.

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