Shahram, a valued and popular junior at Adelphi who organized a chapter of Amnesty International on campus, is the driving force behind the town-hall-type meeting planned for Monday. Born in Iran, with vivid childhood memories of his native land's war with Iraq, Hashemi has also won international attention for his heroics on the day of the 9/11 attacks, when he was on his way to his job as an accounting intern at the Bank of New York in lower Manhattan. His supervisor at the bank has said Hashemi acted "without any regard to the dangers to his own life," as he helped lead people to shelter that day. The President of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, invited him to a gathering at the United Nations in November, One year later he also organized Adelphi's Student Symposium on U.S. Foreign Policy and The Iraq Crisis that drew hundreds to Adelphi and is one of many international initiatives that have been galvanized by student involvement in 2002-2003.
The intentions of Shahram Hashemi, and Dean Richard Garner of Adelphi's Honors College, are to highlight:
"We need to start from somewhere," says Hashemi, noting that the United States has had no diplomatic relations with Tehran for more than two decades. "After twenty years, it is very important for students to start a dialogue with Iranian students since it seems apparent that governments are not willing to start the dialogue." Adelphi President Robert A. Scott reflects on an academic year of encouraging student involvement in international affairs: "The events of September 11, 2001, brought to the attention of everyone the small world in which we live and that our lives are connected. The role of a university is to prepare people for citizenship, not just careers."
Time: Monday, May 5 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Honors College & Adelphi University Amnesty International Student Group
President Scott and Shahram Hashemi are available for interview. For more information, please contact Stephen Cooke in Adelphi Public Affairs at (516) 877-3693, or (516) 241-3106.
Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs -- The College of Arts and Sciences, the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, University College/ABLE Program, and the Schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Social Work -- the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through post-doctoral study, as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls over 7,700 students from 37 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies as the foundation for rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.
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