BEDFORD -- Middlesex Community College's One World Series will host former CIA agent Tony Mendez, whose efforts to help six Americans escape from Iran inspired the movie "Argo," in a program titled "The Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Canadian Caper," on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the Campus Cafeteria at 591 Springs Road. Admission is free and open to the public.
In preparation for this One World Series event, the Student Union Government Association (SUGA) will present free screenings of "Argo" on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. Bedford campus screenings will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Campus Center's Café East. Lowell campus screenings will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, in MCC's Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square.
When the CIA needed a cover story to extract six Americans from Tehran during the 1979-80 Iran hostage crisis, Mendez devised a scheme that revolved around a Hollywood crew scouting locations for a fictitious movie dubbed "Argo." In MCC's multi-media presentation, Mendez will share stories from his CIA career, including aspects of the Iran hostage crisis never before publicly released.
Mendez will be interviewed by his wife Jonna Hiestand Mendez, who is also a retired CIA officer. She has more than 25 years of service, including undercover assignments in Europe and Asia.