Mission: The Baskerville Institute fosters and strengthens the bond of friendship between the people of the United States and Iran.

Vision: We believe that by fostering people-to-people connections, we can open doors for conversations and collaborations beyond the political sphere. With a history of shared experience dating back over a century, we have a unique opportunity to re-imagine and rebuild bridges of understanding and connection between our two nations.

Legacy: Howard C. Baskerville, who sacrificed his life for Iranian constitutionalism in 1909, serves as a powerful model of international friendship. His story offers an alternative to the mistrust and conflict that have defined U.S.-Iran relations since 1979.

Activities: The Baskerville Institute, a non-profit organization headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, carries forward Howard Baskerville’s legacy by promoting understanding and respect between Americans and Iranians. We achieve this through a variety of programs, including:
Lecture/Webinar Series: We feature prominent speakers to explore issues relevant to both nations.

Nonresident Research Fellows and Student Interns: We provide opportunities for scholars and students to conduct research on U.S.-Iran relations.

Publications: We publish a newsletter and translation projects to foster cultural exchange.
Cultural Exhibitions and Educational Programs: We organize events that deepen understanding of each other’s cultures.

Global Network: We draw on the expertise of individuals around the United States and across the world.

The Power of Education

Building on our core mission, the Baskerville Institute also promotes education as a tool for positive global change. Here are some specific areas of focus:

Education for Sustainable Development (SDG4): We explore how education can address interconnected challenges like environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic development.

Education for Peacebuilding: We examine how education can mitigate conflict, promote peaceful political participation, and empower marginalized communities.

Bridging the Educational Divide with Technology: We explore the potential of technologies to connect people from diverse backgrounds and foster a global learning environment.