BBG and GW Hold Event to Examine Iran’s Growing Blogosphere and Grassroots Activism (Video)

Thank you to all who were able to attend this event. For those unable to attend, we have made a complete video recording available here.

Below is the full slate of speakers and panelists.

Speakers included:
Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GWU
D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, Governor, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Dr. Azar Nafisi, Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books and Things I Have Been Silent About; Executive Director of Cultural Conversations, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices
Sean Aday, Director, IPDGC, GWU
Golnaz Esfandiari, Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Panelists: The New Media Landscape in Iran
Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Hida Fouladvand, Executive Editor,VOA Persian News Network
Nikahang Kowsar, Cartoonist, Journalist and Blogger

Panelists: Prospects for a Grassroots Dialogue
Geneive Abdo, Fellow, Iran Analyst, The Century Foundation
Sonya Reines-Djivanides, Director, Track II Mediation Unit, Search for Common Ground
Mohammad Tabaar, Adjunct Professor, GWU

The conference will examine the powerful effect of new media and social networks in today