Academy Award nominee to speak on UNI's Hearst Lecture Series

February 27, 2005

Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director, (319) 273-6387
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. She will discuss her life, the future of Iran and women's concerns.

She was born into an untraditional family in Iran and starred in two major films before fleeing the country during the 1978-79 revolution. Her film debut was in 1977's 'The Report,' which remains banned in Iran. Her name was banned in Iran until recently, and she is still not allowed to return.

After fleeing Iran, Aghdashloo lived in London and studied international relations and politics, virtually abandoning acting. Eventually she moved to Los Angeles and, with her second husband, founded a theatrical company that tours with Iranian plays. In 2004, Aghdashloo was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the movie 'House of Sand and Fog.' She appeared in the first six episodes of the current season of the Fox hit show '24.'

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with responsibility for scheduling the series rotating annually among its departments. The Department of Theatre is responsible for scheduling the 2004-2005 lectures.

The UNI Women's Studies Program is a co-sponsor of this lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, (319) 273-6387.