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11 Loyola faculty and staff members condemn Iranian actions

Loyola press release - September 28, 2009

Eleven Loyola University New Orleans faculty and staff members joined more than 360 concerned academics from around the world in a letter condemning Iranian political interferences in academia and demanding "assaults against the sanctity of Iran’s universities, faculty and students be stopped immediately and unconditionally." This letter follows a similar one in the summer to the United Nations, in which academics decried the government crackdown on protests after the Iranian presidential election.

Loyola signees included Jo Ann Moran Cruz, Ph.D., dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences; Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; John Clark, Ph.D., professor of philosophy; Nathan Henne, Ph.D., assistant professor of languages and cultures; Laura Hope, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre arts and dance; Anthony Ladd, Ph.D., professor of sociology; Mary McCay, Ph.D., professor of English; David Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Marcus Smith, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English; Dominique Custos, professor of law; and Kelly Brotzman, director for service learning.

The letter states:

"Student dormitories have been attacked, and several faculty members have been imprisoned. Fear is looming on Iranian campuses that a new cultural revolution is being planned which will have disastrous consequences similar to the first one that took place in the spring of 1980. Such a move would purge thousands of professors and students who stand in opposition to the regime’s repressive policies, and further deplete Iranian universities of academic standards and scholarly pursuits."

To view the letter in its entirety, click here.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Loyola faculty, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.

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