Iran America Society Definition
The Iran-America Society was founded in the 1950s in Tehran, Iran to promote understanding between the people of Iran and the people of the United States of America. The founding Chairman of the Board was Ralph E. Becket. David Nalle was one of its early directors. Its office in Washington, DC arranged educational exchanges for Iranian students. Its Cultural Center in Tehran became a gathering place for Iranian students and intellectuals in the 1960s that were drawn by the liberalizing influence of American culture on Iran. A second branch was founded in Isfahan a few years later as well as a third in Mashhad. All three centers included English language schools.The society sponsored an exhibit of Iranian art and cultural artifacts which toured the United States in 1964.The Cultural Center in Tehran was bombed in 1978 as part of the uprising against the Shah. The Cultural Centers in Tehran and Isfahan were closed in 1979. The last IAS director in Tehran, Kathryn Koob, was held hostage at the US Embassy for 444 days.
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