The University of Lethbridge community is mourning the loss of Mr. Kavous Seyed-Emami, an Iranian-Canadian academic who was on campus as a visiting professor at the U of L from September to December 2017.
Seyed-Emami was a professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran's rare animals. He passed away while in custody in Tehran, Iran.
While here as a visiting professor, Seyed-Emami presented a lecture to students on ethnic identities and nationhood in Iran. The lecture was presented by the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, which researches global impacts of demographic, economic and social issues.
Dr. Trevor Harrison of the Department of Sociology sponsored Seyed-Emami during his time here at the U of L. He called the professor, "a well respected scholar and environmental activist. His death is a tragic loss for the people of his beloved Iran and for the world at large."
If there are members of our community who are feeling distress over this situation, please seek assistance through Counselling Services (http://www.uleth.ca/counselling/) at 403-317-2845 or through the University of Lethbridge Employee and Family Assistance Program at 1-800-663-1142.