About the Speaker
Mohsen Kadivar is a philosopher, a mujtahid (the highest degree of Islamic studies in Shi’ite seminaries), and a leading public intellectual. His criticism of the Iranian regime led to his imprisonment (1999--2000), the banning of all his publications, and finally to his exile from Iran in 2008. He is a research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University (Durham, NC, US) since 2009. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, University of Virginia, and University of North Carolina; a global ethics fellow with the Carnegie Council, research fellow with Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin, Germany, and a fellow of National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.