Tea and Conversation with Shirin Ebadi

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Presents

“Tea and Conversation with Shirin Ebadi”


Monday, May 2, 2011

Reception 4:30 p.m.

Program 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

800 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

2nd floor Conference Room A

(located across from ballrooms)

Shirin Ebadi is the founder of the Centre for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran and the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize "for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children."  An Iranian lawyer and former judge, Dr. Ebadi has also worked in defense of political prisoners and refugees.  Dr. Ebadi has been in exile in the U.K. since June 2009.  (See biography below).

The program is an interview of Dr. Ebadi regarding her work for social justice and civil rights in Iran followed by audience Q&A.


Dean Jacqueline J. Royster, Dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts


Laura Bier, Assistant Professor, School of History, Technology, and Society

Molly Cochran, Associate Pofessor, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs


This event is co-sponsored by:

Office of the Provost

Office of International Initiatives

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

The School of Modern Languages


   We have had a great response for this event and are overbooked.  We are sorry, but seats we cannot take further requests for seats. 

Thank you for your interest.

         Parking is available in the deck adjacent to the hotel at 800 Spring Street.


Dr. Shirin Ebadi Biography

Shirin Ebadi, J.D., was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and only the fifth Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in any field. Dr. Ebadi was one of the first female judges in Iran. She served as president of the city court of Tehran from 1975 to 1979 and was the first Iranian woman to achieve Chief Justice status. She, along with other women judges, was dismissed from that position after the Islamic Revolution in February 1979. She 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, Dr. Ebadi set up private practice. As a lawyer, Dr. Ebadi has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and as a result has been arrested numerous times. In addition to being an internationally-recognized advocate of human rights, she has also established many non-governmental organizations in Iran, including the
Million Signatures Campaign, a campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law.

Dr. Ebadi is also a university professor and often students from outside Iran take part in her human rights training courses. She has published over 70 articles and 13 books dedicated to various aspects of human rights, some of which have been published by UNICEF. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.


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