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By Lars Heikensten

Dr. Shirin Ebadi was the first female Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from the Islamic world.

The lawyer Shirin Ebadi was Iran’s first female judge. After Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution in 1979 she was dismissed. Ebadi opened a legal practice and began defending people who were being persecuted by the authorities. In the year 2000, she was imprisoned herself for having criticized her country’s hierocracy (rule of government by priests or ecclesiastics).

Shirin Ebadi took up the struggle for fundamental human rights and especially the rights of women and children. She took part in the establishment of organizations that placed these issues on the agenda, and wrote books proposing amendments to Iran’s succession and divorce laws. She also wanted to withdraw political power from the clergy and advocated for the separation of religion and state.

In its choice of Ebadi, the Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize expressed a wish to reduce the tensions between the Islamic and the Western world following the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001. At the same time, the Committee wished to extend a helping hand to the Iranian reform movement. Shirin Ebadi underlines herself that she sees no contradiction between Islam and fundamental human rights.


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By Rose Mary Valencia

Did you know that the host city for the the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo, Los Angeles, was rated the number one U.S. city in Lonely Planet’s Best Travel in 2017? It’s true! Read all about this vibrant, sunny, and diverse locale.

This wonderful conference city isn’t the only thing to look forward to at this year’s conference. The 2017 Annual Conference Committee (ACC) has planned an incredible educational program, and the NAFSA 2017 Expo Hall will be bustling with more than 300 exhibitors from around the world.


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By Diana Carlin

As I write this, the New Year is only a couple of days old and the hope for a 2017 that is filled with less violence, war, and human suffering than in 2016 is strong. As a NAFSAN who has spent time in countries torn apart by war or with a long history of oppression, I share the belief of many other NAFSA members that our work makes a difference in finding a path to a more peaceful and just world.

For the fourth year, the NAFSA annual conference will include a Seminar on Peace and Global Civil Society. Originally named after former NAFSA president Ron Moffatt, a strong supporter of international education as one path to peace and social justice, this year’s seminar will explore how to incorporate film and other forms of storytelling into the curriculum. Since NAFSA plenary speakers complement conference themes and programs, the selection of Abigail Disney as our closing plenary speaker is an excellent choice. Disney and her production company, Fork Films, have supported more than 50 films that stress themes representative of NAFSA’s values of peace building, human rights, and social justice.


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Thousands of people from across the United States and more than 100 countries are arriving in Los Angeles, CA, for NAFSA’s 61st Annual Conference & Expo. NAFSA’s preconference workshops are already underway, and participants had a chance to connect with their colleagues last night at NAFSA’s Knowledge Community Networking Receptions.

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Do you imagine an America where…

…all college students have the opportunity to study abroad?

…educating future generations for life and leadership in a global community is a national priority?

…more international students and scholars have the ability to access a U.S. higher education and are welcomed at our shores and on our campuses?

Our time is now to share our visions of America with President Obama and make an impact on international education.

Right now, over 7,000 people are gathering in Los Angeles for NAFSA’s 61st annual conference.  This year’s theme, “Fostering Global Engagement Through International Education” couldn’t be more appropriate.  We have a President who is a product of international education and believes, like we do, that international education is a critical part of how America engages with the world and renews our country’s image and leadership.

If we want international education to continue receiving attention from President Obama, we have to take advantage of this opportunity and speak as a unified voice!

Take a few minutes to personalize and send a message to the President.  Tell the President how you imagine America’s role in promoting peace and understanding through expanding study abroad opportunities and welcoming more international students and scholars to access a U.S. higher education.

You have the ability to make a difference in international education!  Take Action Today!

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