Join Holly Dagres, Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, and Ali Mesghali in conversation about their personal stories of immigration from Iran, assimilation, and carving their own paths here in the US, not unlike the playwright and actor Michael Shayan’s mother Roya’s journey. The conversation will be facilitated by Shruthi Mukund, Director of Community Engagement.
Holly Dagres is an Iranian-American analyst and commentator on the Middle East specializing on Iran. Based in Washington, she is a nonresident senior fellow at the think tank, the Atlantic Council. Holly spent her teenage years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, from 1999 to 2006, during which time she graduated from Tehran International School. She is fluent in Persian. She is also the editor of the Council’s IranSource blog and curator for the weekly newsletter, The Iranist.
Marjan Keypour (Greenblatt) is a human rights activist and advocate for women and minorities in Iran. She is the Founder and Director of the Alliance for Rights of All Minorities (ARAM), an international network of activists which promotes equal rights for all citizens in Iran; and StopFemicideIran, an advocacy campaign which monitors and documents acts of femicide, and memorializes their victims.
Marjan is the co-chair of Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Task Force on Middle East Minorities and an advisory board member of the Atlantic Council's Iran Strategy Project and New Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI).
A passionate musician, Marjan is a producer of HOMANITY, the first-of-its-kind compilation album featuring the music of banned and underground artists from Iran. Her work has been featured in Ms. Magazine, NBC, National Interest, Newsweek, PRI, and Rolling Stone, among others.
Ali Mesghali is a chef whose love of cooking began while growing up in Esfahan, Iran and Los Angeles, California. This interest grew to become a passion and a career after Ali moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In the kitchen, as well as in the dining room, Ali is known for his pursuit of perfection, his intensity and a love for what he does. This unending aspiration for perfection has been instrumental in establishing the standard for Persian cuisine in Atlanta. His unique and flavorful touch has been wowing patrons at Rumi’s Kitchen in the past 5 years and has created a place where people want to visit again and again.