Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi will make appearances at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Peru State College on Feb. 25 and 26.
Ebadi, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, was the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to win the prize.
After earning a law degree at the University of Tehran in 1969 she became the first and only female judge in Iran. She became president of the city court of Tehran but was forced to step down from the bench in 1979 after the Islamic Revolution.
The peace prize recognized Ebadi's work on behalf of democracy and human rights, particularly the rights of women, children and refugees.
Ebadi will speak at Peru State College at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the College Theatre. Her appearance, part of Peru's Distinguished Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. Her talk at Peru is titled “Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope.”
She also will speak as part of UNL's E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Her lecture, “True Islam: Human Rights, Faith and Women,” also is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
To get tickets call the Lied Center at 402-472-4747 or 800- 432-3231; or visit enthompson.unl.edu to download an order form.
Business conference will feature filmmaker
Mark Weber, an award-winning independent filmmaker, will be the keynote speaker at a global engagement conference Feb. 26 and 27 at Grace University in Omaha. The Business Beyond Business professional development conference is intended to provide assistance in achieving success without undermining the poor, whether locally or abroad.
Weber, whose work has been featured on NBC, FOX and ESPN, currently is a producer, writer, researcher and designer for PovertyCure, a media venture aimed at reshaping aid-dominated development strategies into entrepreneurial partnerships.
He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, following a 6 p.m. dinner and silent auction to benefit Grace University's Jobs-As-Mission study abroad team.
The conference registration fee is $25. For more information, contact Todd Conkright, director of the business and technology program, at 402-449-2829. To register, visit www.graceuniversity.edu/bbb.
Alums can 'Show the O' to celebrate 100 years
The alumni association at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a “Show the O” campaign. It will make a large “O” flag available to alumni and friends so that they can be photographed holding the flag in front of notable locations around the world.
A number of “O” flags already have been spotted in various locales on four continents, including the Las Vegas Strip, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Vatican City. The photographs are displayed on a website, www.showtheo.com.
Those interested in participating may visit the site to request a flag, which needs to be returned.
They also can download and print an “O” banner for photographs anywhere.
The UNO Alumni Association was founded June 6, 1913, by the Class of 1913, which had just 13 members.
Creighton named Tree Campus for 5th year
Creighton University has been named a Tree Campus USA for the fifth consecutive year. The designation, supported by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, recognizes excellent campus forestry practices and conservation at colleges and universities across America.
The program was launched in 2008. To be recognized, campuses must maintain a tree advisory committee, implement a tree-care plan, dedicate annual funding for trees, hold an Arbor Day observance and sponsor student service-learning projects.
High school culinary contest set at Metro
Metropolitan Community College will host a high school culinary contest Friday and Saturday at the Institute for Culinary Arts Building 22 at the Fort Omaha campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway in Omaha.
More than 110 high school students from 16 area schools are expected to participate in the event, which is free and open to the public.
Events will include preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, a management competition, a “Jeopardy”-style quiz contest and a cooking contest to create dishes from a grab bag of ingredients.
Lecture will discuss Internet governance
David Satola, lead counsel for the World Bank, will discuss international Internet governance and human rights during a Thursday lecture at Creighton University.
The lecture, which is free to the public, is part of the Creighton University School of Law's Koley Lecture Series. It is approved for continuing legal education credit for lawyers in Nebraska and Iowa.
Recent negotiations over the International Telecommunication Union Treaty indicate that governments are trying to replace the current multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance with state-centered control. Those efforts may present new threats to human rights such as the rights to freedom of speech, privacy and access to information.
Satola, who has been following such issues globally, speaks regularly in international forums on Internet governance.
The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Gross Appellate Courtroom at Creighton's School of Law. Lawyers who want to obtain CLE credit should check in with the CLE Registration table outside the courtroom.
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