Education Is Not A Crime


On Thursday, March 26th from 6-­9 PM in the Haddon Conference Center Claremont School of Theology will host “Education Is Not A Crime,” one of many special events taking place across the United States that seek to raise awareness of the religious persecution of the Baha’is in Iran.

Education Is Not A Crime will feature a screening of the documentary film “To Light a Candle,” produced by the Iranian­-Canadian filmmaker Maziar Bahari.

Well­-known as the subject of the feature film Rosewater (based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me”), Bahari focuses this film on the story of the Iranian government’s prevention of Baha’is from teaching or studying at public universities. It also highlights the creation of the underground Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) in 1987 as an informal university to give young Baha’is a chance to learn.

The film uses personal stories and dramatic archival footage to explore the persecution of the Baha’is and the role of their peaceful resistance in Iran’s democratic movement.



To Light a Candle ­ trailer for a film by Maziar Bahari from Maziar Bahari on Vimeo.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion about the right to education and the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. Panelists include:

Dr. Nazanin Zargarpour, Executive Director, Institute at Indian Hill, BIHE Faculty

Dr. Michael Kuehlwein, George E. and Nancy O. Professor of Economics, Pomona College

● Keyvan Geula LMFT, BIHE faculty

Dr. Nicole Jafari, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Human Development, CSU­Long Beach; BIHE Faculty Music for the evening will be provided by musician and songwriter Mr. Ramses Rashidi.

Full bios of program participants are available below.

Education Is Not A Crime will be hosted and moderated by CST Faculty Dr. Roland Faber, Kilsby Family / John B. Cobb Professor of Process Studies and Dr. Helene Slessarev­-Jamir, Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Ministries.

Refreshments will be offered following the program. The event is free of charge and open to the public. However, limited seating is available.

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Program Participants:

Keyvan Geula Keyvan Geula, LMFT has been a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist for over 20 years. Her work focuses on the unique advantages of integration of psychology and spirituality from a Baha’i perspective. She has served on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Claremont since 1987 and has served on the Western States Regional Baha'i Council for 5 years. She is a human rights activist and hosts and writes for Kids Side By Side, a human rights blog in defense of the Baha’i children and youth in Iran.

She is currently teaching online courses in psychology to BIHE students. She is the founder and executive director of Center for Global Integrated Education, (CGIE), a non­profit Baha’i inspired educational organization.

Dr. Nicole Jafari Dr. Nicole Jafari is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Human Development at California State University in Long Beach. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the College of Health & Human Development, Department of Child & Adolescent Studies at California State University­Fullerton.




Dr. Michael Kuhlwein Dr. Michael Kuhlwein is George E. and Nancy O. Professor of Economics at Pomona College . Professor Kuhlwein’s research interests include theories of consumer spending and saving, the effects of budget deficits on interest rates, and recently the impact of railroads on grain market integration and famines in 19th century India. Kuhlwein teaches mostly macroeconomics classes, as well as macroeconomics at Claremont Graduate University. He has served as chair of the economics department from 2007­2010.

Mr. Ramses Rashidi is an artist, innovator and educator who was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States to pursue his higher education. He moved to China in 1990 where he lived for 15 years studying Chinese language and culture and doing research on development trends as well as creating educational programs and acting as consultant on a variety of programs.

Ramses is the founder of Center for Balanced Development (​cbdus.org​), a non­profit organization, dedicated to advancing social, economic and ecological balance in the global development processes. He has written & published numerous articles on “building a framework for a balanced development model” in English, Chinese and Farsi.

Dr. Nazanin Zargarpour Dr. Nazanin Zargarpour, Ph.D serves as Executive Director of Claremont Graduate University's Institute at Indian Hill, an educational agency committed to integrating responsible scholarship and best practices in serving the continuous improvement of schools and districts, through research, coaching, and evaluation.