In July 1924 in Tehran, Iraq, Robert Imbrie became the first U.S. Foreign Service officer to be killed. His death set off political repercussions between the United States and Iran that are still felt to this day.
In this talk, Susan M. Stein will describe Imbrie’s impact on the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities of Iran, as well as the lessons and stories she learned about when researching him for her book, On Distant Service: The Life of the First U.S. Foreign Service Officer to be Assassinated.
Drawing on a wealth of untapped materials, Stein’s book returns readers to an era when dash and diplomacy went hand-in-hand.
Susan Stein is an Omaha-based writer and educator who spent thirty-five years teaching full-time on the secondary and postsecondary level, including pedagogical collaborations in Ukraine and Uganda. Having earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, she was also a columnist and feature writer for the Omaha World-Herald Sunday magazine for fifteen years and is an editor of fiction and nonfiction publications.