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Nobel Winner Karman to Speak at UML

March 25, 2018

LOWELL -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman is UMass Lowell’s 2018 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies.

Karman is committed to the nonviolent struggle for the right of expression, the safety of women and women’s rights to fully participate in peace-keeping efforts in her home country of Yemen. A mother of three, she is a human-rights activist, journalist, politician and president of the non-governmental organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She is also the general coordinator of the Peaceful Youth Revolution Council, an advisory board member for Transparency International and a member of several other international human-rights organizations.

Karman is the first Arab woman and second Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the first Yemeni to be so honored and, at age 32, the second-youngest person to receive the award.

Greeley Scholars are selected for their achievements as humanitarians and their effective efforts to promote peace and conflict resolution at the local, regional, national or international level. The honor is named for the late Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, who was a longtime Unitarian Universalist minister in Concord.

As the Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, Karman will lead a series of programs for UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff and the community over a two-week period in April. Karman is scheduled to guest lecture in courses on politics, conflict resolution, diplomacy and more. She will also be the keynote speaker at the university’s annual Day Without Violence on Tuesday, April 3.

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