Hearing Room 4: 3:15—4:15pm

What became of the utopian aspirations of the Arab Spring? Who are the revolutionary thinkers and political voices that ignited the Iranian Revolution? And why have the extremists of ISIS overtaken these more revolutionary ambitions and spread chaos across the region? Two notable foreign correspondents discuss their work and the years they spent reporting and researching the Middle East.

LAURA SECOR is the author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran. She has written about Iran for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and other publications, and has worked at The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeThe American Prospect, and Lingua Franca. She has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin, and has taught journalism at NYU and Princeton. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

SUSANNE PARI (moderator) is a novelist, book reviewer, essayist, and interviewer. Her novel, The Fortune Catcher, tells the story of a young woman—American and Iranian, Jewish and Muslim—caught in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.