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May 19, 2004

Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi to hold press conference and deliver public address at Stanford

Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, will hold a press conference at Stanford from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22.

Accredited press must register in advance by noon Friday, May 21. To register, contact Elaine Ray, director of Stanford University News Service, at (650) 723-7162; e-mail:

The press conference will take place in Room 217, Building 200, History Corner, at the intersection of Serra and Lasuen malls. Only registered and accredited press will be admitted. Ebadi will speak in Farsi with consecutive English translation provided. A mult box for broadcast will be available.

Free parking is available on the Oval at the end of Palm Drive.

The press event takes place before Ebadi delivers a public address titled, "Democracy, Pluralism and Human Rights," at 7 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium on campus. The 20-minute address in Farsi will be translated into English. Afterward, Ebadi will answer written questions from the audience. The event is sponsored by the Persian Student Association and the ASSU Speakers Bureau.

Doors to Memorial Auditorium open at 6:15 p.m. and free tickets for the public will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seats will available for registered press. Video cameras will be permitted for journalists who have registered in advance. Flash photography is not allowed.



Elaine Ray, News Service (650) 723-7162; e-mail:


Abtin Keshavarzian, Persian Students Association, (650) 387-5390; e-mail:

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