The International Studies Public Forum (ISPF) presents

“The Future of US Iran Relations”

with Reza Aslan, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside

Thursday, October 15, 2009  
3:30-5:00 p.m.  
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100  
Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is a fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy and Middle East Analyst for CBS News. He is also a featured blogger for Anderson Cooper 360. Reza Aslan has degrees in religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors for the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Abraham's Vision, an interfaith peace organization; and PEN USA. Aslan's first book is the New York Times bestselling No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award in the UK, and nominated for a PEN USA award for research non-fiction. His next book, How to Win a Cosmic War was published by Random House in April of 2009, followed by an edited anthology, Words Without Borders: Contemporary Literature from the Muslim World, published by Norton 2010. Aslan is cofounder and creative director of BoomGen Studios, a hub for creative content from and about the Middle East, as well as the editorial executive of, an on-line community for Muslim youth.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, the International Studies Program and the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture.

For more information about the ISPF, please visit

connect with us


© UC Irvine School of Social Sciences - 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100 - 949.824.2766