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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi to Speak in Chatham, Va.

CHATHAM, Va., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Iranian legal and human rights activist and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi will speak May 26- 27, 2004, at Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va.

Ebadi was named Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for championing the rights of women and children in Iran and elsewhere in the world. A highlight of the Ebadi visit will be her May 26 public address at the Educational and Cultural Center in Chatham. She will also meet with students studying western civilization and world cultures at Chatham Hall.

In awarding the prize to Ebadi, the Nobel Committee said that it hoped the prize would inspire "those who struggle for human rights and democracy in her country, in the Moslem world, and in all countries where the fight for human rights needs inspiration and support."

The visit by Ebadi follows three other recent appearances at Chatham Hall by noted women in politics and culture. In February, the school hosted Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, and social activist Sherialyn Byrdsong. In March, the poet Nikki Giovanni visited the school.

"We think it's significant that Shirin Ebadi is traveling to Chatham to connect with our students in their unique learning community," said Dr. Gary Fountain, head of Chatham Hall.

Founded in 1894, Chatham Hall is an all-girls boarding school that offers students a college-preparatory academic program, rich extracurricular opportunities, a strong honor code, and a beautiful 362-acre campus. Graduates have been accepted at Princeton University, University of Virginia, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, The College of William & Mary, Vassar College and many others. Chatham Hall has the highest percentage of boarding students among peer girls schools.

PRESS ALERT: Ms. Ebadi will answer questions during a half-hour news conference prior to her May 26, 2004, public address.

Information about Chatham Hall and about the Shirin Ebadi appearance and speech is online at

CONTACT: Chris Smith of Chatham Hall, +1-434-432-5509, or

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