Acclaimed Journalist to Speak at Scripps

CLAREMONT, California – November 21, 2007

Asra Nomani, acclaimed journalist and author, will speak at Scripps College on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Balch Auditorium. Following her presentation, Nomani will sign books in the Hampton Living Room.

Nomani is the author of the critically acclaimed Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love. A former Wall Street Journal correspondent, she has also written on Islam for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Time.

After September 11, 2001, Nomani went to Pakistan to cover the war in Afghanistan. She was a leader in the search to find kidnapped fellow reporter and friend, Daniel Pearl.After her time in Pakistan, Nomani returned to her hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia, where she lives with her son, Shibli. She has since become a writer-activist dedicated to reclaiming women’s rights and principles of tolerance in the Muslim world. She is the founder of the Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour. In 2005, Nomani was a visiting scholar at the Center for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and is currently teaching “The Pearl Project: The Search for Who Killed Daniel Pearl” at Georgetown University.

This lecture is part of the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series, Voice and Vision, made possible through the generous bequest of Scripps alumna Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42. For additional program information, please call the Malott Commons office at (909) 607-9372.

About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


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