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U of M anthropology professor William Beeman is one of just six U.S. citizens without a European or Iranian passport to have visited Iran this summer.

U of M expert available to comment on recent developments in Iran

August 5, 2010

With Iran’s nuclear ambitions back in the news this week as the Obama Administration considers sanctions against the country, it might not be a destination many Americans would consider visiting. A University of Minnesota expert who this week returned from Iran, as one of only six U.S. citizens without a European or Iranian passport who was granted a visa this summer, is:

William Beeman, professor, department of anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

While in Iran, Beeman conducted interviews with over fifty people in three cities. He speaks fluent, unaccented Persian and works without a translator.

“I have some very clear views on the state of public opinion in Iran today, and have some additional information about Shane Bauer and his companions having interviewed an Iranian journalist who had spoken to them,” Beeman says. Bauer is the Minnesota native who has been detained in Iran for over a year now.

Beeman is an internationally known expert on the Middle East and the Islamic World, particularly Iran, the Gulf Region and Central Asia.

To interview Beeman, contact Ryan Maus, University News Service, maus@umn.edu or (612) 624-1690.

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