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Norway House April 12 Roxana Saberi on human rights & Iran


Thurs. April 12 | Roxana Saberi - "The World is Watching"

Students are admitted free and Janet Dolan is offering a $500 prize drawing for a student that attends.

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Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative

Upcoming Events: Minnesota Peace Initiative

"The World is Watching" - Minnesota Peace Initiative presents Roxana Saberi
Journalist Roxana Saberi spent 100 days in an Iranian prison and is a committed advocate for human rights in Iran. She is the author of "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran". Roxana will provide her perspective on the developments in Iran and what they mean to all of us.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

McNamara Alumni Center
Johnson Great Hall
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN
(East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota)

Cost: $20/person. Students - Free
Limited seating, reservations required.

Questions? Contact info(at)norwayhouse.net or phone: 877-247-7439

A political prisoner caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the U.S., Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi captured the attention of the world when reports surfaced of her imprisonment in Iran. Abducted by four men early one morning in January 2009 and placed in solitary confinement, Ms. Saberi was falsely accused of spying for the United States and sentenced to eight years in prison. Her battle for freedom would last 100 days until an appeals court released her following an international uproar. In the midst of reaching out to Iran to start a dialogue after decades of political deadlock, the Obama administration harshly criticized Iran over her imprisonment, and there was speculation that Iranian President Ahmadinejad intervened on her behalf as a diplomatic overture.

Saberi is now writing and speaking out for human rights and "prisoners of conscience" in Iran. Her book, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, tells the story of her arrest and captivity, shares the struggles and courage of her cellmates that inspired her along the way and describes her personal journey as she strives to defy her captors and be true to herself, regardless of the consequences.

A freelance journalist, Ms. Saberi arrived in Tehran in February 2003 to open a fully accredited news bureau for the independent broadcast news agency Feature Story News (FSN). FSN distributed her reports to a wide range of broadcasters around the world, and Ms. Saberi's work soon became familiar to audiences of Channel News Asia, South African Broadcasting, DW Radio, Vatican Radio, Radio New Zealand, Australian Independent Radio News, and others. She also made occasional contributions to PBS, NPR, and Fox News.

While researching a book on Iran, Ms. Saberi was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2009, and placed in solitary confinement. She was blindfolded and interrogated for hours, and promised freedom if she falsely confessed to being a spy. After more than six weeks' captivity, on March 8th, Ms. Saberi was finally allowed to see an attorney for the first time. On April 6th, her parents were allowed a 20-minute visit with her in Tehran's Evin Prison, where she was being held.

Ms. Saberi grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Reza Saberi, who was born in Iran, and Akiko Saberi, who is from Japan. Ms. Saberi graduated in 1997 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with degrees in Communication and French. Chosen as Miss North Dakota in 1997, she was among the top ten finalists in Miss America 1998, winning the Scholar Award. She holds her first Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and her second Master's Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.


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