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Reza Aslan – An American Martyr in Persia

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Cowell Ranch Hay Barn


In 1907, educator and American missionary Howard Baskerville traveled to Iran in the midst of a democratic revolution led by a group of brilliant young firebrands committed to transforming their country. The Persian students Baskerville educated inspired him to join them in their fight. Reza Aslan speaks with Jennifer Derr about Baskerville’s story and what it might teach us about our own ideals of constitutional democracy and whose freedom we support.


This event is free and open to the public.

Reza AslanReza Aslan is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy- and Peabody-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His producing credits include the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and the hit CBS comedy United States of Al. He is the host and Executive Producer of CNN’s Believer and Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, as well as co-host along with Rainn Wilson of the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake. Read Reza’s full bio here.

Presented by the Center for Middle East and North Africa, and co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Event logistics: Bicycling, car pooling, ridesharing, and public transportation are encouraged as parking is limited. If you drive to the event, please plan to park in UCSC Lot #115 or 116. To reach these lots, proceed through the main entrance to campus, continue up the hill from the information kiosk on Coolidge, then turn right at the Ranch View/Carriage House Road stoplight into the Carriage House/Campus Facilities parking lot. The Hay Barn is a 5-minute walk across the street from the parking lot. There will be directional signage to help you get to the correct parking lot and Barn entrances. Overflow parking will be available at lot 122. Download a parking map here.

If you have disability-related needs, please contact us at or call 831-459-1274 by January 18, 2024.


January 25
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
Ranch View Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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