2017 Hamdani Harmony Lecture

You are invited to attend the 2017 Hamdani Harmony Lecture: An Evening with the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman.

“In the most trying cirumstances, both before and during the Arab spring, Tawakkol Karman has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen”

– The Norwegian Nobel Committee

This event is graciously sponsored by Saida & Jamal Hamdani, and presented by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, the Department of Religious Studies, UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, the Department of Global Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies.

About Tawakkol Karman

2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman is the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize. A human rights activist, journalist and politician, she was dubbed the “Mother of the Revolution” for her key role in the Arab Spring. She was imprisoned numerous times for her efforts, leading her to co-found Women Journalists Without Chains, an NGO that works toward freedom of expression and democratic rights for women around the world. An advocate for education, social equality and responsible investment as means to counteract poverty and oppression, Karman offers hopeful solutions to uphold the democratic spirit across the globe.


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