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Global Imaginaries/Individual Realities: Shirin Ebadi

Date and time

April 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.

About this event

The Center for the Study of Citizenship is honored to bring Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, to Detroit on April 7 for a free public lecture discussing her work in support of democracy, human rights and art and justice.

The lecture is part of Global Imaginaries/Individual Realities, a lecture series the center is sponsoring in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Dr. Ebadi, a former judge and founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, became the first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Immediately following her lecture, Hamid Dabashi will moderate a conversation between Dr. Ebadi and Shirin Neshat, an Iranian visual artist whose work is the subject of a DIA exhibition that runs from Sunday, April 7 to Sunday, July 7, 2013. 

Organized in conjunction with the DIA's Shirin Neshat exhibition, the Global Imaginaries lectures provide a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a wider conversation about socially engaged art.

Besides Dr. Ebadi, speakers featured in the Global Imaginaries series include:

  • March 21, Arjun Appadurai
  • March 27, Shirin Neshat
  • April 3, Alfredo Jaar
  • April 7, Shirin Ebadi and Shirin Neshat moderated by Hamid Dabashi
  • April 10, Esther Shalev-Gerz
  • April 24, Trenton Doyle Hancock

All lectures are at 7:00 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium with the exception of the Shirin Ebadi lecture which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013.


Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202


Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Artist Shirin Neshat first received international acclaim for the pioneering conceptual photographic series, Women of Allah (1993-97), her effort to reconcile memories of Iran from her youth with the realities of political changes in her homeland. Her development as a socially engaged artist is the topic of her retrospective at the DIA. Neshat joins Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for a conversation about art and justice, moderated by noted sociologist of culture Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University. Dabashi is a noted scholar and commentator about the relationship between art and politics.



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