December 1, 2016

Newswise — WHATThe BIT-AMENA (Berkeley iTechpreneurship in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa) Center for Building Innovation Economies at UC Berkeley welcomes Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi, founder and president of the American Iranian Council and a former Iranian presidential candidate. Mr. Amirahmadi will discuss how “Trumpism” conflicts with the values and modus operandi that defines the Silicon Valley.

“Trumpism is a racial populist rage against the corrupt elite and globalizations,” says Amirahmadi. “It will be at odds with the growingly interdependent world, and with Silicon Valley for its neoliberal free-trade and immigration orientations, the two vital requirements of the global high tech community.”

BIT-AMENA connects Muslim-majority countries in the Asia, Middle East, and North Africa region to help build innovation economies.

WHENSunday, December 4, 2016, 5 p.m. WHEREHeizel Boardroom, Faculty Building, Room F299UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, 2220 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720 | Map

WHOHooshang Amirahmadi is a professor a the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Mr. Amirahmadi is the author of several books including The Political Economy of Iran under the Qajars, Revolution, and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience. He earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University and is a frequent contributor in the national and international press on topics of global economic transition.

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