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DATE: June 8, 2004

Yemeni parliamentarian joins scholars in a free, public discussion of
"Human Rights and Democracy" on June 16 at UM-Dearborn

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 these goals."

For more information, contact Renée Ahee, program coordinator for the UM-Dearborn Center for Arab American Studies, at (313) 583-6519.

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