Dr. Matthew Pierce to Discuss Living in Iran

February 15, 2016

The Friends of the Library will continue with their Spring Program Series when they host Dr. Matthew Pierce as he presents "Living as an American in Iran" on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. Pierce will discuss his experience living in Iran from 2003 to 2006. This event is free and open to the public. An interpreter for the deaf is available upon request by contacting the Library 48-hours in advance at 859-238-7323.

As part of an inter-faith dialog program, Pierce and his family learned to navigate the unique and dynamic aspects of contemporary Iranian society. He will talk about what it was like to live as an American in one of Iran's most conservative cities. He'll explain some of the religious and cultural complexities of Iran today, and discuss the possibilities of American-Iranian cooperation in the future.

Matthew Pierce is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Centre College where he teaches courses on religion, gender, and Islam. He received his PhD in religious studies from Boston University, specializing in pre-modern Islamic history and thought. His publications include contributions to the Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies, to The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, and to an edited volume entitledWomen, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. His forthcoming book, Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shiʿism, will be coming out with Harvard University Press this spring. Pierce has traveled widely in the Middle East and Central Asia and has spent time living in Egypt, Yemen, and Iran.