A scholar and humanitarian remembered

Posted by pt91 at Oct 06, 2011 02:40 PM |
'Writing in Afghanistan' event will commemorate the life of renowned Afghan law professor and human rights activist Hamida Barmaki
A scholar and humanitarian remembered

Professor Hamida Barmaki. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Following from the success of last year’s event ‘Enduring Freedom: New Writing from Afghanistan’, Dr Corinne Fowler from the School of English has organised ‘Writing in Afghanistan’ in memory of Professor Hamida Barmaki, who died earlier this year in a suicide bombing in Kabul. Professor Barmaki studied law in Afghanistan for many years, eventually becoming a law professor at Kabul University. Her work on law and women’s rights has been published extensively. She was also a dedicated human rights activist, and founded her own organisation to provide free legal advice to Afghan women.

The ‘Writing in Afghanistan’ event will feature a short talk about Professor Barmaki’s life along with a celebration of Afghan literature, music and culture. Dr Fowler has organised the event as part of the Everybody’s Reading series, and members of the City of Leicester’s Afghan community have been invited to attend.

‘Writing in Afghanistan’ will take place on Sunday 9 October 2011 at 7.30pm, in the University’s Embrace Arts centre on Lancaster Road, Leicester. Tickets are free and available from the Embrace Arts box office.