The Making of Argo: The real life story of the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis as experienced by two Americans who lived through it.
Please join the World Affairs Council of Austin to welcome Ambassador Joseph Stafford and his wife, Kathleen, for an unforgettable night of storytelling.
In 1979, newly minted foreign service officer Joseph Stafford and his new wife Kathleen, a visa processor, were stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. Within months, student revolutionaries protesting Iranian-American relations stormed the embassy, taking 60 people hostage in a standoff that lasted 444 days. Six embassy workers narrowly escaped out the back door, hidden by umbrellas in the rain and secreted off into hiding. Joe and Kathy were two of them.
We hope to see our members and friends to learn from and re-imagine this extraordinary event.
Joseph D. Stafford III is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, now retired. He joined the Foreign Service in 1978. In June 2012, he was assigned to Khartoum, Sudan as Chargé d’affaires of U.S. Embassy, Khartoum. Kathleen Stafford is an artist.
6 – 6:45 p.m. VIP Reception for WACA Members with Ambassador and Mrs. Stafford
7 – 8 p.m. Presentation by Ambassador and Mrs. Stafford
8 – 8:30 p.m. Question and Answer session