Posted: August 26, 2009
Asma Jahangir, a lawyer and prominent human rights activist from Pakistan, will be on campus October 18-22 as the 2009 Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence.
Jahangir is a founding member and chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Throughout her career she has defended the rights of Pakistani women, religious minorities, and children. In 1980, Jahangir formed the first law firm established by a woman in Pakistan. She has served as the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary, or summary executions and later as the U.N. rapporteur for the freedom of religion or belief. Jahangir is a member of the board of the International Crisis Group. In recognition of her services in the field of human rights, she was awarded the American Bar Association International Human Rights Award in 1992 and the Martin Ennals Award and the Ramon Magasay Award in 1995. A fearless defender of civil rights, Jahangir was a prominent figure in the 2007 lawyers' movement in Pakistan to restore the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Every year the College’s McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives invites a scholar-in-residence to campus. Past scholars include Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women; Gerald Caplan, leading Canadian expert on genocide prevention; Guy Standing, former director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization; Gro Brundtland, former director general of the World Health Organization and three-time prime minister of Norway; and Rami Khouri, executive editor of the Daily Star in Beirut.
Jahangir will meet with several classes, including those of Jon Western, Five College Associate Professor of International Relations; economics professor Jens Christiansen; Ana Croegaert, visiting assistant professor of gender studies; and Amina Steinfels, assistant professor of religion. She also will meet with the Twenty-First-Century Scholars and participate in a faculty seminar on the subject of civil society in South Asia.
Jahangir’s public talk, "Building Democracy: Role of Pakistan and U.S. Relations," will be held Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.