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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi to Lecture at USF

Iranian Human Rights Advocate to Receive Honorary Degree

Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003), will give a free public lecture at the University of San Francisco on May 16, 2005. Ebadi will be awarded an honorary doctoral degree by USF president Stephen A. Privett, S.J. She will lecture in Farsi, but translation will be provided.

Ebadi will be honored by USF for her work as a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer, and activist for the rights of women and children in her native Iran.

Shirin Ebadi was the first woman in the history of Iran to serve as a judge in 1969. As a lawyer, she has represented women and children who were victims of abuse, defended journalists in cases involving freedom of _expression, and represented the families of murdered students, writers, and intellectuals. She also proposed a law, ultimately ratified by the Islamic Consultative Assembly in 2002, prohibiting all forms of violence against children.

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 4:30 p.m.
USF McLaren Center (2130 Fulton street), Room 250-252
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited
Sponsor: University of San Francisco
Info: Call USF University Ministry at (415) 422-4463.

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