On Friday, May 9, Iranian-American writer, poet, and journalist, Roya Hakakian spoke at the Jewish High School of Connecticut as part of the Power of One series. Ms. Hakakian shared with the students her perspective on Iranian politics as an adolescent during the 1979 Revolution and on current political situations. Hakakian encouraged JHSC students to think about their own narrative in the context of their society and the world.  

Roya Hakakian (Persian: رویا حکاکیان‎; 1966 born in Iran), is a lauded Persian poet, author and lecturer.  Hakakian became well known for her memoir, Journey from the Land of No in 2004. Her essays on Iranian issues appear in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and on NPR. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, she published Assassins of the Turquoise Palace in 2011, a non-fiction account of the Mykonos restaurant assassinations of Iranian opposition leaders in Berlin.

Hakakian is founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on the board of Refugees International. Harry Kreisler's Political Awakenings: Conversations with History highlighted Hakakian among "20 of the most important activists, academics, and journalists of our generation."

JHSC's Power of One program is a seminar designed to introduce students to individuals who have contributed through their passions and perspectives to the world.  Through the program, artists such as Ellen Eder, Actor Bruce Altman, and journalist, Mark Oppenheimer, and Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenburg. “We hope that the students discover, among our speakers, people who have gone on a serious journey of self-discovery and have lived up to their unique potential,” said, Acting Head of School, Susan Birke Fiedler.


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