Event Recaps | 25 January 2024

Reza Aslan – An American Martyr in Persia


On January 25th, 2024, Reza Aslan signed and discussed his book, An American Martyr in Persia, in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.

Set 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.

In conversation with Jennifer Derr, Reza Azlan spoke about Baskerville’s story and what it can teach us about our own ideals of constitutional democracy and whose freedom we support.

Reza Azlan 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.

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This public event was presented by the Center for Middle East and North Africa, and co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Bookshop Santa Cruz.