Another interesting lecture at the Center for Near Eastern Studies (UCLA) was A panel discussion with Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Majid Mohammadi, Writer, moderated by Nayereh Tohidi. (feed)
They speak of the recent history of Iran and try to show how the current 'Green Movement' which resists the establishment has its roots in other resistance movements of the past two centuries in Iran. They also discuss how the clergy from being part of the resisting powers had to reinvent itself as it acquired the regime since 1979.
More from the Center of Near Eastern Studies:
Palestinian perspectives - LSE and CNES,
History, linguistics and the downside of society,
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer on Indus Valley Civilization.