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Lawrence Tech hosts Nobel Peace Prize winner April 24

Release Date: April 10, 2008

Southfield, Mich. – The College of Management at Lawrence Technological University will host Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work as an Iranian human rights activist, on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30-8 p.m. in the Ridler Field House, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Dr. Ebadi will speak about creating a more humane and sustainable world community led by global thinkers and global leaders. She was invited to launch the Center for Global Leadership and Understanding Distinguished Speakers’ Series. The inaugural event theme, “Learning to Lead, Live and Work in a Global Society” focuses on the importance of understanding other cultures.

Although admission is free, pre-registration is requested. A book signing will follow.

Dr. Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her significant and pioneering efforts in democracy and human rights, especially for the rights of refugees and women and children. She was the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the prize.

Dr. Ebadi is the founder and leader of the Association for Support of Rights in Iran. The writer of a number of academic books and articles focused on human rights, she has had several books translated into English, including “The Rights of the Child: A Study of Legal Aspects of Rights in Iran,” published with support from UNICEF, and “History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran.” In 2006, Random House published her memoir, “Iran Awakening,” with the young Iranian-American co-author Azadeh Moaveni.

She represents Reformed Islam and argues for a new interpretation of Islamic law in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law, religious freedom and freedom of speech.

With Islam as her starting point, Dr. Ebadi campaigns for peaceful solutions to social problems and promotes new thinking on Islamic terms. She has displayed great personal courage as a lawyer defending individuals and groups who have fallen victim to a powerful political and legal system that is legitimized through an inhumane interpretation of Islam.

Dr. Ebadi earned a law degree from the University of Tehran. In the years 1975-79 she served as president of the city court of Tehran, one of the first female judges in Iran. After the revolution in 1979 she was forced to resign. Previously a professor at the University of Tehran, she now works as a lawyer. For more information, visit

RSVP by April 21 at (248) 204-3050, or online at Groups of four or more must register by calling (248) 204-3050.

The Center for Global Leadership and Understanding of the College of Management at Lawrence Technological University was established to prepare leaders for the global challenges of the 21st century. The center seeks to create a community of like-minded individuals who desire to understand the human condition beyond national boundaries. Through research and scholarship opportunities, alliances with global organizations, and international study and travel, the center aims to be a leading force for global leadership and cultural understanding. The Distinguished Speakers Series is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and includes seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops. For more information on the Center for Global Leadership and Understanding, call the College of Management at (248) 204-3050 or visit

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Detroit, Warren, Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.