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Kean University to Host Focus on Iran: Insider Accounts of Human Rights Violations and the Threat of Nuclear Weapons on October 28

UNION, NJ - The Human Rights Institute at Kean University will host Focus on Iran: Insider Accounts of Human Rights Violations and the Threat of Nuclear Weapons on October 28, at 7:30 p.m., at the Science Technology & Mathematics Education building, located across the street from Kean’s main campus, 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. The program will examine the rapidly changing situation within Iran, and explore strategies for action. The event is free and open to the public.

Special guests include Caspian Makan, Iranian human rights activist and the fiancé of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot and killed during election protests in Iran; Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi, publisher of Planet Iran; Siamack Shojai, dean of the School of Business at Central Connecticut State University; and David Ibsen, director of policy and coalitions for United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI).

The program is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute of Kean University in collaboration with the Stop Iran Now Campaign, including United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ, United against Nuclear Iran, American Jewish Committee and No Nukes for Iran.

For more information, please contact Dr. Hank Kaplowitz, acting director of the Human Rights Institute, at (908) 737-5882, or visit

The mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide, and to produce curricula, material and seminars that promote tolerance and encourage action.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.