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The Shah of Iran Proposed a Universal Welfare Legion


Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

The shah of Iran addressed alumni and new graduates on Commencement afternoon in 1968, proposing an “international counterpart of the Peace Corps” in the name of entering “a holy struggle for rendering real service to humanity.” As he began his speech, a group of student protesters marched down a center aisle carrying banners emblazoned “No degree for a dictator.” Routed by ushers, they continued their demonstration, alongside Iranian students, outside the Yard.

Read excerpts from his speech in this PDF from the July 1, 1968 issue of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin.