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Woman, Life, Freedom: International Women’s Day Event featuring Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi


The Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs invites you to our 2023 International Women’s Day Event and Reception featuring Azar Nafisi, renowned Iranian-American author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Read Dangerously, amongst other books. Nafisi will discuss the women-led protests in Iran and her experiences as a feminist and an Iranian woman in exile. Her keynote address will be followed by a student-led Q&A. Refreshments will be provided.

We hope you will consider donating to the International Women of Elliott: All gifts to I/WE are dedicated to supporting graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships for Elliott students committed to the advancement of women in international affairs.

This event is co-sponsored by the following Elliott School programs and initiatives:

Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES)
Humanitarian Action Initiative (HAI)
Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative (LEAP)
Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC)
Institute for African Studies (IAfS)
Institute for European, Russian, and Euroasian Studies (IERES)
Security Policy Studies Master of Arts (SPS) program
Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) program
International Development Studies Master of Arts (IDS) program
Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) program
Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program (LAHSP)
GARNET (Global Affairs and Religion Network)

We would also like to thank the George Washington University Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Global Women’s Institute for supporting this event.


  • Azar Nafisi is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a New York Times bestseller that is published in thirty-two languages. Nafisi is also known for her other works including, Things I’ve Been Silent About, The Republic of Imagination, and That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile. She most recently published Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times in March 2022. She has held various teaching posts across the world including at Johns Hopkins University, Oxford University, Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabai. She resides in Washington D.C.