Past Event

EPIC/SPS Talk: Prof. Jo Shepherd & Barry Rosen, US Iranian Embassy Hostage

March 11, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Morningside Retirement Health Services, 100 Lasalle St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.), New York, NY 10027

Barry Rosen first went to Iran in 1967 for a two year tour of duty as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He returned to Iran, which he now thought of as a ‘second home,’ in 1978 to serve as Press Attaché for the US Embassy and walked straight into the Iranian Revolution and a consequent global crisis. Angry university students successfully breached the Embassy gate and walls and eventually held Mr. Rosen and 51 of his embassy colleagues prisoners under conditions where they never knew what was going to happen to them and were always taunted with torture and threats of death.

In this conversation Mr. Rosen will think back to his hostage experience and the psychological aftermath. He will also speak about events in his life subsequent to his release from captivity that are related to captivity. One of these events explains Prof Shepherd’s participation in the conversation. Mr. Rosen and Ms. Shepherd both worked at Teacher’s College where Mr. Rosen was Executive Director of External Affairs from 1995-2006. They will save time for questions and discussion.

EPIC/SPS Talks, with discussion, are a collaboration between three organizations: Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC); Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS); and Morningside Retirement and Health Services (MRHS).

FREE. RSVP to [email protected]. Seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. 

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George Calderaro