2018 Guest Speakers




Dr. Shapour Rassekh is an expert in sociology. He is a former professor at the University of Tehran, and also served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic and Social Planning in Iran. He worked as a consultant to UNESCO, the IIEP, and IBE for many years. He is the author of several studies written for these organizations, including The Contents of Education: a Worldwide View of Their Development from the Present to Year 2000 (1988 – in collaboration with G. Vaideanu); Perspectives on Literacy: a Selected World Bibliography (1991); and Education et Culture de la Paix: Sélection Bibliographique Mondiale (1996). He was co-editor of the report of the IBE curriculum development seminar for the countries of the Arabian Gulf held in Muscat, Oman in February 2001 on the theme “Management of Curriculum Change and Adaptation in the Gulf Region”. He is one of the editors of “Payam-i-Baha’i”, an international Basha’i journal. Dr. Rassekh has also served on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is in Iran and later on, on the Continental Board of Counselors in Europe.














Dr. Behrooz Sabet holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For more than 20 years, Dr. Sabet has been intellectually engaged in research and writing on the intersection of religion, science, and culture in the Middle East. He is a well-known scholar of religion, contemporary political thoughts and movements in Iran, and the conceptual and historical origins of modernity and its impact on Islam and the Middle Eastern societies. He has translated and written extensively on religious, ethical, educational, philosophical, and social themes, and presented research papers at national and international conferences. He has been a University professor, academic dean, and consultant on aspects of education and culture in the Middle East. Dr. Sabet has given more than 300 media presentations and interviews including interviews by BBC, Radio Farda, Kuwait TV, VOA, national radio stations, and various websites and international media on human rights, education, women rights, religious freedom, modernity, social and cultural change, and globalization.



Nader Saiedi Ph.D, teaches Baha’i studies at UCLA. He was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a master's degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

For twenty seven years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became the Taslimi Foundation professor of  Baha'i History and Religion in Iran​.

His main interests include Babi and Baha’i studies, social theory, Iranian studies, and peace studies. Among his published books are: The Birth of Social Theory (1993), Logos and Civilization (2000), and Gate of the Heart (2008). 






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