If Iranian foreign minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh makes an occasional blunder during negotiations with Americans, it might be because he didn't pay attention in class as a young man.

As a student at Georgetown University between June of 1959 and August of 1963, Ghotbzadeh earned D's and F's in American history, American diplomatic history and a course on the American Constitution. He was dismissed for academic reasons, but returned to Georgetown again in the summer of 1967 when he earned much better grades. However, Ghotbzadeh -- who sometimes spelled his last name Ghatb or went by his middle name, Asfahani -- did not graduate.

Also in the Iranian academic department: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has two grandchildren who are niece and nephew to a research scholar at Georgetown, Dr. Mehdi Ha'iri. More interestingly, Ha'iri studied in Qom for 10 years under Khomeini before coming to North America to do advanced studies at the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto and now Georgetown. Ha'iri, 50, is a research scholar specializing in religious philosophy at the university; Khomeini once studied under Ha'iri's father. According to Ha'iri, the ayatollah who wouldn't win any popularity contests in the United States is in fact "a human, humorous, witty man highly qualified in knowledge and theoretical mysticism."