Renowned Journalist, Filmmaker, Author, Political Prisoner to Speak at NSU

Maziar Bahari, renowned journalist and filmmaker
Maziar Bahari, renowned journalist and filmmaker.

As part of its Distinguished Speakers Series, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will welcome Maziar Bahari—a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and bestselling author—to speak at NSU.

Distinguished Speakers Series

Maziar Bahari | Hosted by the college’s Division of Humanities
Thursday, Oct. 18
7:00 p.m.
Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Bahari, an Iranian Canadian, served as a Newsweek correspondent for more than a decade, covering Iranian economic, political, and cultural life. In 2009, he was arrested in Tehran while reporting on the presidential election protests. Bahari was picked up by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and sent to Evin Prison, which is notorious for torturing political prisoners.

Accused of “masterminding the coverage of the Iranian election by the Western media” and being a spy for the Mossad, the MI6, and the CIA, Bahari was held in solitary confinement for most of his 118 days in captivity. He was repeatedly beaten and was forced to give a televised false confession. After international pressure mounted and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed interest in his case, Bahari was released on $300,000 bail.

Bahari’s story of resilience was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment and a Newsweek cover story. In 2011, he published a memoir detailing the overseas ordeal, titled Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. The book became a New York Times bestseller.


This Distinguished Speakers Series event is free to attend, but tickets are required.

Monday, Oct. 1:
Tickets become available for Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences students, faculty, and staff


Monday, Oct. 8:
Tickets become available for NSU students, faculty, and staff

Pick up tickets in the college’s Office of the Dean, located in the Mailman-Hollywood Building, second floor. Limit two (2) tickets per person. An NSU ID is required to obtain tickets. For more information, call (954) 262-8236.

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