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“A Critique of Fundamentalism” - Shirin Ebadi, Founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran; Iranian Lawyer; 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Audience: 
Open to the Public
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Shirin Ebadi, Founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran; Iranian Lawyer; 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Shirin Ebadi, J.D., a 2003 Nobel Prize winner, an Iranian lawyer and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, will present a public talk titled, “A Critique of Fundamentalism," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at the Woodrow Wilson School in Robertson Hall. Ebadi is visiting the School as the 2014 Joseph S. Nye Jr. ’58 International Lecturer.

A book sale and signing of her book, “The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny,” will follow the discussion.

Ebadi was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights and, in particular, the rights of women, children and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ebadi was one of the first female judges in Iran. She served as president of Tehran's City Council from 1975-79 and was the first Iranian woman to achieve chief justice status. She, along with other female judges, was dismissed from that position after the Islamic Revolution took hold in February 1979, and was made a clerk in the court she had once presided over until she petitioned for early retirement. After obtaining her lawyer's license in 1992, Ebadi set up a private practice. As a lawyer, she has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and, as a result, has been arrested numerous times.

In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.