International Education Week Keynote - Case Study: Women's Rights Movement in Iran

International Education Week presents two keynote speakers to discuss the importance of international education on world peace, citing the current climate in Ukraine, Myanmar, and a focused case study on the women's right movement in Iran.

International Education Week. Case Study: Women's right movement in Iran. Keynote speakers: Ava Homa and Andrew Loomis. The impact of international education on world peace

November 15, 2022 - November 15, 2022

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hybrid - Student Center (Bldg 12) West Lounge & Virtual

Cost - Free

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Keynote Speaker - Andrew Loomis serves as Senior Advisor for External Relations to the State Department’s Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. In this capacity, he designs and executes strategies for the Under Secretary and other senior officials to engage Congress, academia, think tanks, and the private sector on U.S. efforts to engage public audience abroad. From 2019-2021, Andrew served as Director of Ideas and Identities in the Strategic Futures Group in theNational Intelligence Council and was a member of the team responsible for producing Global Trends 2020: A More Contested World, the NIC’s quadrennial publication that forecasts dynamics expected to impact U.S. national security over the next 20 years. From 2009-2017, Andrew served in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and its predecessor, the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization(S/CRS), where he analyzed conflict risks and developed conflict prevention strategies for at-risk countries, including South Sudan, Ecuador, Bangladesh, and Burma. During this time, Andrew served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human rights, where he was the Under Secretary’s principal advisor on State Department efforts to reduce the risk of mass atrocities. Andrew served in 2016 as a political officer at Embassy Rangoon and produced analysis on the risks of intercommunal violence in Burma. Andrew earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University, and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Juniata College.

Keynote Speaker - Ava Homa is the award-winning author of Daughters of Smoke and Fire, a story of women's resistance in Iran. She is a journalist and activist. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, BBC, The New Statesman, Literary Hub, Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada and more. Her book will be available for purchase after the event. For more information you can visit her website

Moderator - Nancy Middleton teaches oral communication in the American Language and Culture Program at CSUMB. She is also a writer whose work has been published in literary journals such as The South Carolina Review and Glimmer Train.

Event schedule

4:00 - 4:20 p.m. - Andrew Loomis

4:20 - 5:00 p.m. - Ava Homa

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Q&A and book signing with Ava Homa

Visit the International Education Week (IEW) webpage for more information about all our events from Nov 14 - 16.