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Not Your Typical Rainn Wilson College Tour

Posted: 11/16/11 02:53 PM ET

It was a different kind of college tour for actor and comedian Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office).

Rooms were packed, students excited, but comedy was not the topic. Arriving at the Harvard Graduate School of Education after visiting Tufts and MIT, Wilson came to discuss educational oppression of the Baha'i community in Iran, documented by an accompanying 30-minute short film Education Under Fire.

A member of the Baha'i faith himself, Wilson sat down with the Harvard EdCast to discuss the denial of education rights to the Baha'i in Iran and why he is lending his celebrity to the cause.

The next ten minutes with Rainn Wilson should surprise you. It will also make you realize that Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating education to be an inalienable right to all humans, is not always the case. (Click on podcast icon below for interview.)

The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. A production of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.

 

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