Peoria professor fights oppression with education

PHOTO BY CLARE HOWRD
Professor Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez teaches at Bradley University and is also a volunteer professor at Baha’i Institute for Higher Education in Iran where she was one of the first professors from outside the country invited to join the faculty. Her Iranian students have been denied access to universities in Iran because of their faith. Baha’i have been persecuted and executed in Iran, often for teaching. In 1983, 10 Baha’i women between 17- and 57-years-old were hung for teaching Sunday School.

BY CLARE HOWARD Throughout history, one of the universal tools of repression has been denying access to education. It’s an inhuman and dirty strategy followed by the Iranian government against people of the Baha’i faith. In total opposition to that…

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