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    Symposium: The Social (and Economic) Implications of Being an Educated Woman in Iran

    Mitra Shavarini
    In this essay, Mitra Shavarini captures the lasting impact of violent political conflict on educational access in postrevolutionary Iran. While the Iranian Revolution took place nearly thirty years ago, its impact continues to reverberate throughout Iranian society, particularly as it relates to the lives of women. Captured here is a powerful conversation that helps us conceptualize the subtle nature of what that struggle is about for young women in Iran. Discussing the social meaning and gendered complexity of higher education in Iran, Shavarini raises important questions about women gaining ground for their rights in this context.

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    Mitra K. Shavarini is a lecturer in peace, conflict, and coexistence studies and women’s and gender studies at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on women’s education in Muslim societies. In her most recent article, “Western Procedures, Eastern Protocols: Conducting Research in Western-Wary Iran,” in Innovations in Education (2008), she explores the methodological dilemmas she has confronted in studying this topic. Her work has also appeared in Teacher’s College Record, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Women’s Studies International Forum. Shavarini is also the coauthor of Women and Education in Iran and Afghanistan: An Annotated Bibliography (with W. R. Robison, 2005) and the author of Educating Immigrants: Experiences of Second Generation Iranians (2004).
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    Spring 2009 Issue

    Abstracts

    Indigenous Knowledges and the Story of the Bean
    Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy and Emma Maughan
    Latino Students’ Transitions to College
    A Social and Intercultural Capital Perspective
    Anne-Marie Nuñez
    Identity Development and Mentoring in Doctoral Education
    Leigh A. Hall and Leslie D. Burns
    Symposium: Education and Violent Political Conflict
    Introduction
    Symposium: Identity versus Peace
    Identity Wins
    Zvi Bekerman
    Symposium: Citizenship Competencies in the Midst of a Violent Political Conflict
    The Colombian Educational Response
    Enrique Chaux
    Symposium: War News Radio
    Conflict Education through Student Journalism
    Emily Hager
    Symposium: The Other Side of the Story
    Israeli and Palestinian Teachers Write a History Textbook Together
    Shoshana Steinberg and Dan Bar-On
    Symposium: Curriculum and Civil Society in Afghanistan
    Adele Jones
    Symposium: Educational Reconstruction “By the Dawn’s Early Light”
    Violent Political Conflict and American Overseas Education Reform
    Noah W. Sobe
    Symposium: The Social (and Economic) Implications of Being an Educated Woman in Iran
    Mitra Shavarini
    Symposium: Interview with Jacques Bwira Hope Primary School Kampala, Uganda
    The Editors

    Book Notes

    So Much Reform, So Little Change
    by Charles M. Payne

    Corridor Cultures
    by Maryann Dickar

    In a Reading State of Mind
    by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp