The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Negar Mottahedeh, author of Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran, for a reading and book signing. The author will be joined in conversation by Charles Kurzman. This event is part of The Regulator's Community & Scholars series and is co-sponsored with Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics.
Kate Millett was already an icon of American feminism when she went to Iran in 1979. She arrived just weeks after the Iranian Revolution, to join Iranian women in marking International Women's Day. Intended as a day of celebration, the event turned into a week of protests. Millett, armed with film equipment and a cassette deck to record everything around her, found herself in the middle of demonstrations for women's rights and against the mandatory veil.
Listening to the revolutionary soundscape of Millett's audio tapes, Negar Mottahedeh offers a new interpretive guide to Revolutionary Iran, its slogans, habits, and women's movement—a movement that, many claim, Millett never came to understand. Published with the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the women's protests that followed on its heels, Whisper Tapes re-introduces Millett's historic visit to Iran and lays out the nature of her encounter with the Iranian women's movement.
Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor of Literature at Duke University. She is a cultural critic and theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film and Media Studies. She has published five books on Iranian Cinema, the history of reform, revolution and the uses of various media in protest. She is the author of #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life and Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran.
Charles Kurzman is a professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of The Missing Martyrs (first edition, 2011; second edition, 2019), Democracy Denied, 1905-1915 (2008), and The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran (2004), and editor of the anthologies Liberal Islam (1998) and Modernist Islam, 1840-1940 (2002).