By: Peyman Malaz
1- As Esha's professor and adviser, How do you describe her? Would you please tell us what Esha's project is focused on?
Esha is a wonderful young woman, very smart and very talented. I have learned a lot about Iranian culture from my discussions with her. She was concerned that Americans often misunderstand Iran and she wanted to help them see a fuller picture of her country. Her project is a video documentary about Iranian women.
2- Are you surprised about her arrest? Do you see any reason why she should be in jail now?
I am very surprised by her arrest. I am certain she was doing nothing wrong. I'm sure all my colleagues in world would be surprised to hear that a young communication and Art student has been arrested for no apparent reason.
4- Does California State University, Northridge use the student's projects for any other purposes other than for the purpose of completing a program of study?
No, the university does not use student work. It is submitted to a three-person committee, which judges whether she should be awarded a master's degree for the work. It's the equivalent of taking an exam.