Hastings– Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian and Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will discuss religious tolerance and the tools to secure human rights in the year's final E.N. Thompson Lecture. Hastings College will host a simulcast of the event on Monday, February 26 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of HC's Wilson Center (714 E. 9th St.)
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Ebadi's 2003 Nobel Peace Prize citation notes her significant and pioneering efforts in democracy and human rights, especially the rights of women, children and refugees. She argues for an interpretation of Islamic law which is in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law, religious freedom and freedom of speech.
The E.N. Thompson lecture series will focus on religion, rights and politics throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.
It is named in honor of E.N. "Jack" Thompson, who served as president of the Cooper Foundation from 1964 to 1990 and as its chairman from 1990 until his death in 2002. Thompson established the series to promote better understanding of world events and issues for all Nebraskans.
The simulcasts, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and colleges and universities across the state, allow more Nebraskans to have the opportunity to benefit from outstanding speakers and community discussion. Details about the E.N. Thompson Forum are available at http://enthompson.unl.edu.
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