Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, to discuss "Human Rights, Islam and the West"

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, will speak on “Human Rights, Islam and the West” in a lecture on Saturday, September 9, 2006 in Angelico Concert Hall.

Dr. Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and only the fifth Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in any field.

Dr. Ebadi was the first female judge in Iran. She served as president of the city court of Tehran from 1975 to 1979. In addition to being an internationally recognized advocate of human rights, she has also established many non-governmental organizations in Iran, including those for protection of children, women, and political prisoners, as well as an organization dedicated to carrying out the Land Mine Treaty. Dr. Ebadi is the founder of the National Association in Support of Children’s Rights, Iran

As a lawyer, Dr. Ebadi has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and as a result has been imprisoned numerous times.

The lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for a reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Creekside Room of Caleruega Hall, are $100 by advance reservation only. Plenty of free parking is available in the lot at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues.

The event is sponsored by Dominican University of California’s Department of Humanities and the International Association of Sufism. The lecture is part of an ongoing "Building Bridges of Understanding" educational partnership between the International Association of Sufism and the Department of Humanities.

For more information, please call 415-472-6959 or 415-382-7834. Click here for a registration form.