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Statement from President Koester


October 23, 2008

 

President's statement regarding graduate student Esha Momeni

I am deeply concerned that one of our graduate students, Esha Momeni, has been arrested and detained by Iranian authorities while conducting research as part of her Masterís degree requirements in Mass Communications at California State University, Northridge. My understanding is that her thesis project focused on womenís issues in Iran.

Ms. Momeni is a U.S. citizen. She is a student invested in learning and understanding current conditions in the country of her familyís origin.

Anyone who values knowledge and the role of academic inquiry in shedding light on the human condition should be concerned. We are in support of the efforts of the U.S. government in their efforts to secure Ms. Momeniís immediate release and are in the process of contacting the following individuals and organizations to obtain their assistance: Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Brad Sherman, the Department of State, and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee.


Jolene Koester
President

 

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Related links:

News Clippings on Esha Momeni

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: American Student Is Arrested in Iran While Working on Master's Thesis

Links to efforts being conducted on behalf of Ms. Momeni may be found at the Daily Sundial article about this matter


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