Monday, March 17, 2008

March 27: Lecture: Liberal Democratization in the Muslim World

Dr. Merve Kavakci will be giving a lecture on Liberal Democratization in the Muslim World: A hope or A Futility in the Prospects?

Date: Thursday, March 27th
Time: 6.30pm-- Refreshments served.
7.00pm--Lecture begins.
Place: Dining Room A (1st Floor) William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party's Women's Commission. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. However she was prevented from serving her term due to her headscarf. Kavakci's political party was closed down, her Turkish citizenship was revoked, banning her from politics for a period of five years. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007.

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