Well, this is a bit short notice—I actually just found out about these two speakers yesterday, and one of them is going to be here on Wednesday! That’s a bit late to make any special plans, but if you’re already in Oklahoma City and have the evening of October 1 free, you can attend a lecture by Wangari Maathai.
Who is Wangari Maathai, you may ask. Good question. I hadn’t heard of her, either. However, it turns out she’s quite an impressive woman. She founded Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, a movement that assists and unites women’s groups with environmentalists. The movement has planted over 40 million trees so far. She also worked for women’s rights during a time when Kenya’s government was quite oppressive. For all of her work for the environment, women, and democracy, Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
The second speaker visiting Oklahoma City in October is Azar Nafisi. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran. In this book, Ms. Nafisi reflects on how the Islamic revolution in Iran affected her life and the lives of her family and friends. She has also written The Republic of the Imagination, a forthcoming book on the power of literature.
Ms. Nafisi will speak on her new book and more on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm. She will also be speaking in the Wellness Center at OCU. Books will be available for purchase, and Ms. Nafisi will be signing books following her talk.
More information on both of these speakers can be found at the OCU Distinguished Speaker Series website. Both events are free to the public.