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Past PHS LIVE: Remembering the Community School of Tehran

April 28, 2022
Clockwise from top: panel host, Matthew Shannon; panelists: Tara Bahrampour, Christine Westberg, Harry Shamoon, Anna Starek Kostal, Michael Zirinsky, and Shireen Day.

On April 27, PHS hosted a roundtable discussion about the Community School of Tehran. The session was led by Matthew Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and Principal Investigator of the Community School Oral History Project.

The Community School of Tehran was a Presbyterian Mission institution whose internationalist ethos influenced multiple generations of English-speaking students between 1935 and 1980.

Former students from Community School—whose alumni base now spans the globe—shared their memories of the school and pre-revolutionary Iran while PHS archivists discussed collections related to the school and the Presbyterian Mission to Iran.

Click the video below to watch the session.

Community School Oral History Project

PHS is thrilled to partner with Matthew Shannon on the Community School Oral History Project.

The project explores the history of the Community School of Tehran (1935-80) through interviews with former students, faculty, and staff from across the United States and the world. The recordings and their transcriptions will be preserved and made freely available through Pearl Digital Collections, the Presbyterian Historical Society’s online archive.

Read more about the project here.

To schedule an interview, contact Matthew Shannon:


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