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Join Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Thomas Duesterberg for a conversation with Iranian dissident immigrant Roya Hakakian on her new book “A Beginners Guide to America: for the Immigrant and the Curious.” The book provides insights into the immigrant experience from the perspective of a political refugee from revolutionary Iran, and an examination of how immigrants contribute to American culture and civic life.
Roya Hakakian is the author of two books of poetry in Persian and numerous essays and articles in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR. She immigrated to the United States in 1985. Hakakian is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship for non-fiction for her book “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace”. Her memoir, “Journey from the Land of No” won the Elle magazine’s Readers Choice Award.