Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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"Islam, Human Rights, and Democracy" (The 2006 Kenner Lecture)
Rev. Al Sharpton Keynote Speaker
Monday, January 30, 2006 - 7:45pm

As a lawyer and Iran's first female judge, Shirin Ebadi has led the call for challenges in divorce and inheritance legislation and championed the right of womem, families, and children.  Ebadi challenges the narrow interpretation of Islam (both from within and without) with a view that underscores the essential compatibility of Islamic teachings with democracy, human rights, and legal protection for women and children,  She also challenges the West to discard misconceptions about Muslims and put into practice its democratic ideals in dealing with less powerful nations.  Shirin Ebadi was the first Iranian citizen to be awarded the Nobel Peace Price.  She chronicles the Iranian reformist movement and her exceptional life in her forthcoming memoir, Iran Awakening:  A Memoir of Revolution and Hope.

Open to the public free of charge.  For more information call 610-758-3352

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Women's Studies Program, Religion Studies Department, Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Humanities Center, Chaplain's Office, Global Union, and Office of International Students and Scholars.