Following are excerpts from a report on the Tehran University Occupy Wall Street Conference, which aired on Press TV and was posted on the Internet on February 22, 2012:
Reporter: The Occupy Wall Street Movement Conference in Tehran – university professors and scholars from around the world discuss various aspects of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Experts also told us about the impact of the movement and its future.
Alex Vitae, professor at Brooklyn College: Well, we know it's had some impact both locally and nationally, but the impact has still been limited. I think many people are waiting to see what effect it may have on this year's national elections, and whether or not this will have momentum that could have more far-reaching implications.
Heather Gautney, professor at Fordham University: The "Occupy" movement is entering more into social institutions, and trying to pressure politicians or pressure leadership within those institutions to try to put money back into them and to support public programs. So I think that is one important aspect. The other is that we have elections coming up in November, and I think that the movement is going to be incredibly active in pressuring politicians to start addressing issues of social inequality.
John Hammond, professor at City University of New York: I know that I will be returning to the United States on February 25, and on February 29, there is a big movement planned in New York City, called Occupy the Corporations. Down the road from there, in May, the G-8 Summit will occur in Chicago, and many groups are planning to converge on Chicago with some kind of demonstration.