Monday, February 7, 2011

Q&A: Nasser Daneshvary, director of Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at UNLV

Nasser Daneshvary thought teaching economics in college would be his way to make a difference in the lives of young people.

The 60-year-old Daneshvary, however, thought he would be teaching in his native Iran when he decided more than 35 years ago to pursue a degree in economics and study in the United States. In a country ruled at the time by the iron-fisted shah of Iran, free speech wasn’t a tenet of the nation. But being a professor, even at that time, gave him some freedom.

“Economics is something that deals with people, society and an individual’s well being,” Daneshvary said of his decision to pursue economics instead of mathematics. “And I realized being a college professor you have more leverage to talk and make a difference.”

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