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FAU Hosts Screening of ‘Education Under Fire’


BOCA RATON, FL (March 27, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will host the screening of “Education Under Fire” on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion, FAU Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The 30-minute film, co-presented by Amnesty International, addresses the government-sanctioned persecution of specific groups in Iran and the disregard of Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.

The film focuses on the experience of the Baha’i community whose youth have been denied access to higher education since the 1979 revolution. The Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was formed in 1987 to give young Baha´i a chance for a university-level education. Volunteer teachers and administrators created an independent, decentralized university system that has lifted the lives of thousands across Iran. The BIHE was referred to by the New York Timesas “an elaborate act of communal self-preservation.” In May 2011, an organized assault was launched by the Iranian government in an attempt to shut down the BIHE. More than 30 homes were raided and more than a dozen BIHE professors and administrators were detained. Seven BIHE teachers and administrators have each received four- and five-year prison sentences. 

A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include Rosanna Gatens, Ph.D., chair of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center; David Hoffman, a local Boca Raton resident who founded the campaign and is the film’s executive producer; Jeff Kaufman, the film’s Los Angeles-based producer-director; and Badi Sabet, professor of economics and finance at Florida International University and online educator for the BIHE.

Education Under Fire is a campaign developed to address the Iranian government’s denial of the right to education for ideological and religious reasons. Beyond the goal of encouraging specific action in order to mitigate the effects of these policies in Iran, the campaign has now held some 150 screening-conversations on university campuses and within communities throughout the United States and Canada.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rosanna Gatens at 561-297-2929.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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