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2006.09.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO ADP to Host Simulcast Lecture of Author Azar Nafisi

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) American Democracy Project (ADP) will host a live simulcast lecture of national best-selling author Azar Nafisi Wednesday, Sept. 20, at UNO. It will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nafisi will be speaking from Lincoln at the 11th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the University of Nebraska E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. Nafisi will lecture on her national-bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books chronicles the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Translated into 32 languages and winner of many literary awards, the book was on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 70 weeks.

"Dr. Nafisi was a wonderful choice, on the part of the Nebraska Humanities Council," said Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science and UNO liaison to the American Democracy Project. "Her book and talk should have wide appeal across the disciplines - literature, politics, women's studies and religious studies. They're all addressed in Nafisi's memoir. We're excited to be able to broadcast her lecture in real time here at UNO so that the Omaha community doesn't have to go to Lincoln to hear her."

Nafisi is the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture and literature. She also teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. Nafisi held a fellowship from Oxford and taught English literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabai University in Iran.

For more information, contact Neathery-Castro at 402.554.3611 or jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu.

This event is being held in partnership with UNO's American Democracy Project (ADP). The ADP at UNO seeks to increase the civic engagement of its students, staff, faculty and administrators. Its goal is to help fuel the development of an informed and contributing citizenry for the United States in the 21st century. For more information, visit the ADP Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/adp/).

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