PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: June 8, 2004
Yemeni parliamentarian joins scholars in a free, public
DEARBORN---Oras Sultan Naji, a member of the Yemeni parliament, will participate in "Human Rights and Democracy: A Roundtable Discussion with Arab and Arab American Scholars and Policy Makers" at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Wednesday, June 16th.
Free and open to students, faculty and the general public, the roundtable
discussion will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 1030 of the CASL
Building on the UM-Dearborn campus, 4901 Evergreen Road.
In addition to Naji, the panel will include Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, the
new director of UM-Dearborn's Center for Arab American Studies; Moulouk
Berry, assistant professor of Arabic at UM-Dearborn; Nadine Naber, assistant
professor of women's studies and American culture at the U-M Ann Arbor
campus; and Nada Elia, assistant professor of comparative literature and
women's studies at Washington State University-Pullman.
"We envision this roundtable as part of the rich history of discussion
and debate on the various models of women's (and human) liberation and
their impact on the achievement of democracy, human rights and the rule
of law," according to Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of the UM-Dearborn
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. "We will be interested in
hearing from Dr. Naji about her experience in the Yemeni parliament, and
discussing whether women's participation in government contributes to
For more information, contact Renée Ahee, program coordinator
for the UM-Dearborn Center for Arab American Studies, at (313) 583-6519.