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Iran policies the focus of film and discussion set March 7 at MSU

February 27, 2012

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A documentary film and discussion about higher education policies and treatment of Baha'is in Iran will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Montana State University's Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building.

"Education Under Fire," is the name of the documentary about the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education's efforts, beginning in 1987, to give Baha'is in Iran a chance for a university level education. The film focuses on an alleged assault that was launched by the Iranian government in May 2011 to shut down the BIHE.

According to the documentary, the Iranian government bans students from pursuing higher education if they have expressed views, joined organizations or engaged in activities that are construed as critical of the government. In addition, Iranian authorities have attempted to prevent instruction in several fields in the humanities and social sciences and have dismissed faculty for ideological reasons.

Sponsored by the Baha'i' Campus Club at MSU and the MSU Diversity Awareness Office, the purpose of the Education Under Fire event is to encourage action that will mitigate the effects of the Iranian policies. The sponsors also hope to begin conversations on university campuses to raise awareness of the importance of defending Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.

For more information about Education Under Fire, contact Adib Roy of the Baha'i Campus Club at or call (406)595-5454.


Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-6507,