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Human Rights Advocate to Speak About Islamic Perspectives

October 13, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - Human rights lawyer, Mehrangiz Kar, will discuss "Gender and Human Rights: Traditional and Modern Islamic Perspectives" for Ohio Wesleyan's Sagan National Colloquium on Friday, October 21, at noon in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Benes Room (40 Rowland Avenue). A former editor for the now-banned Zan literary review, Kar will discuss the differing views of gender and human rights between two schools of thought in Islamic societies.  

Born in 1944, in Ahvaz, Iran, Kar attended the College of Law and Political Science at the University of Tehran and worked at the Institute of Social Security after graduation. Ms. Kar's work as an activist for women's rights in Iran often put her in conflict with Iranian authorities. Kar was arrested and jailed in 2000 for participating in an academic and cultural conference held at the Heinrich Boll Institute in Berlin. Upon her release on bail, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and came to the United States for treatment. While in the U.S., her husband was kidnapped, jailed, and forced to confess crimes against Islam and national security.

Kar will draw from her experience and education to discuss modern issues of gender rights in her speech. She was the recipient of the 2002 Ludovic-Trarieux Human Rights Prize and is an Honorary Member of the Canadian and English PEN Centers. She has published numerous books, including, Children of Addiction: ocial and Legal Position of the Children of Addicted Parents in Iran and Quest for Identity: the Image of Iranian Women in Prehistory and History, Volumes I and II.

The Sagan National Colloquium is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year at Ohio Wesleyan. This year's theme is "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects." All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-803-3995.