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E/RS lecture series opens with presentation on women's future in Afghanistan

Farooka Gauhari, a former biology professor at Kabul University, fled to the United States in 1980 where she teaches biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

10/18/07

Xavier opens its 2007-2008 ethics, religion and society (ER/S) lecture series on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center with a lecture by Farooka Gauhari on “Women’s Future in Afghanistan.”

Gauhari published her memoirs, Searching for Saleem: An Afghan Woman’s Odyssey, in 1997. At the time, no Afghan woman had published an English memoir in book form. Her personal account covers her search for her missing husband, Saleem, her country’s turmoil after the Russian-backed Communist takeover, and the declining role of women in politics. A former professor of biology at Kabul University, Gauhari fled to the United States in 1980. She now teaches biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

The series also includes:


  • Hassan Abbas: Sunday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m., Schiff Banquet and Conference Center: “Can Democracy Work in the Arab World?”

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah: Sunday, March 30, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Schiff Banquet and Conference Center: “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers”

  • Robin Wright: Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Schiff Banquet and Conference Center: “The Future of the Middle East: Dreams and Shadows” (This presentation is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee.)

The theme for this year’s E/RS lecture series is “Ethics and Globalization.” Speakers address leadership issues on this topic. The program format leads to informal discussion after the presentation.