Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Saturday, January 31, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

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What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? As Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer, award winning human rights activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali will talk about her belief that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want wholesale change, contrary to conventional wisdom in the West.

In her forthcoming book Heretic (March 2015), the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women. Courageously engaging fundamentalists on their own turf—religion itself—she boldly calls for a Muslim Reformation, interweaving her personal journey, historical parallels, and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures.

Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, Hirsi Ali grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia before fleeing to the Netherlands in 1992, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch Parliament. A prominent speaker, debater, and op-ed writer, she was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:21pm CST
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I'm looking forward to attending this event, as the publisher blurb offers a stark contrast to Ali's previous writings on Islam. I had no idea she had changed her views from an anti-religion stance, to a measured reformist position!

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