Hamid Dabashi, the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, delivers a talk ("The U.S. and the Arab World: An Assessment of American Policy in the Middle East") on October 10, 2008 at the annual Palestine Center conference.
Dabashi, whose scholarly interests and areas of research range from Shi'i religious and political art to the intellectual origins of the Iranian Revolution, Palestinian cinema, and the poems of Omar Khayyam, has published extensively in both scholarly journals, books, and in popular media. He writes a regular column of cultural criticism for Al-Ahram Weekly, an Egyptian English-language publication of commentary and analysis. The son of working class folk from the province of Khuzestan in Iran, he received his college education in Tehran. He completed a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Among his notable publications are Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Staging a Revolution: The Art of the Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire.