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Rachel Myers, National ACLU, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; email@example.com
Previously Banned Scholars Speaking In New York Tonight And Tomorrow
Professors Adam Habib And Tariq Ramadan Were Kept Out Of U.S. Because Of Their Political Views
WASHINGTON - April 7 - Two
prominent scholars will participate in speaking engagements in New York
this week after years of being wrongfully denied entry to the United
States on the basis of their political views. Professor Adam Habib of
the University of Johannesburg will speak at the CUNY Graduate Center
tonight, Wednesday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. and Professor Tariq Ramadan of
St. Antony's College, Oxford University, will speak at Cooper Union
tomorrow, Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the denial of visas to Professors Habib and Ramadan in separate lawsuits filed on behalf of American organizations that had invited them to speak to U.S. audiences. In a major victory for civil liberties, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in January signed orders effectively ending the exclusion of Professors Habib and Ramadan. Both men have since obtained 10-year visas and are currently in the U.S.
POLITICS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY, a public talk
Professor Adam Habib, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Advancement at the University of Johannesburg
Co-sponsored by the CUNY Political Science Program and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics
CUNY Graduate Center Political Science Lounge
365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St.
New York, NY
TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 7
2:15 p.m. EDT
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
(212) 817-8670 or (212) 817-8674
SECULARISM, ISLAM, & DEMOCRACY: MUSLIMS IN EUROPE AND THE WEST, a panel discussion
Professor Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University and author of What I Believe, in his first U.S. appearance since he was barred from the U.S. in 2004
Dalia Mogahed, Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
George Packer, Staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade
Joan Wallach Scott, Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University and author of The Politics of the Veil
Moderated by Jacob Weisberg, Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group
Co-sponsored by the ACLU, American Association of University Professors, PEN American Center and Slate
The Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th St. at Third Ave.
New York, NY
TOMORROW, Thursday, April 8
7:00 p.m. EDT
$15/$10 for PEN/ACLU members and students with a valid ID
Tickets available through www.smarttix.com, (212) 868-4444, or at the door The event will also be streaming online at: www.pen.org/ramadan-stream