Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m.
Clara Thompson Hall
As a political prisoner trapped in the middle of a dramatic struggle, freelance journalist Roxana Saberi captured the attention of the world when she was imprisoned in Iran and falsely accused of spying for the United States. You’ll hear her fascinating story of being abducted, blindfolded, placed in solitary confinement, and interrogated for hours. Roxana’s battle for freedom would last 100 days and create an international event of public outrage.
During her imprisonment, the Obama administration started a dialogue with Iran. There was speculation that Iranian President Ahmadinejad intervened on Roxana’s behalf as a diplomatic overture. She credits her release to the outpouring of international support, both political and public.
As a journalist, Roxana Saberi’s reports are featured in national and international media, and she has been honored with the Medill Medal of Courage, the Ilaria Alpi Freedom of the Press Award, the NCAA Award of Valor, and a POMED (Project for Middle East Democracy) Award.