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Iran America Society
انجمن ایران و آمریکا
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.