In honor of the 65th anniversary of the United Nations, UNM's World Affairs Delegation presents a public debate on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Education Building, room 103. The event focuses on current issues in Iran and the nation's increasing involvement as a global actor.

The debate addresses Iran's potential to become a leader in the Greater Strategic Middle East and considers whether American and Iranian relations can be improved by developments in mass communication and technology.

"Iran has undergone a great wave of change in the past several years. Not only has it arisen as a nuclear power, but it has also witnessed increasingly pertinent social movements. Women and students have been stepping up and becoming active in electoral justice," said Adeline Murthy, a member of UNM's World Affairs Delegation. "Iran is also one of the most active blogging countries in the world — to the point that Farsi has become the most common blog language after English. This increase in cyber communication has proven to be one of the main forms of expression within Iranian youth and activists."

Members of World Affairs Delegation will conduct each discussion in an interplay of formal debate and audience interaction. A silent auction during the debate features items donated from artists and businesses throughout New Mexico.

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