Event: 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, Washington, 30.11.2006
- The Ratiu Center for Democracy, with the Ratiu Family Foundation,
in cooperation with the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
History and Public Policy Program
The 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture:
Are There Democracy Lessons Arabs Can Learn from Eastern Europe?
A Lecture by Dr. Saad Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Recipient of the 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award
With an introduction by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, American University in Cairo
Chaired by Ambassador Joseph Gildenhorn, Chairman of the Board, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
November 30 2006, 4:30 p.m.to 6:00 p.m.
Venue: 6th Floor Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Saad El-Din Ibrahim is Professor of Political Sociology at the American University in Cairo and Director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Dr. Ibrahim is one of the most prominent Arab sociologists, and has published widely on Islam, politics, democracy, citizenship, and civil society. He became the center of international attention when he was arrested in 2000 on charges that many viewed as politically motivated and was accused of accepting foreign funds without permission from the Egyptian government and for publishing information that tarnished Egypts image. He was convicted by an Egyptian military court and was sentenced to 7 years of hard labor. In 2003, and after 18 months in prison, Egypts highest criminal court acquitted him of all charges. He has received numerous awards, including the Pagels Award, New York Academy of Sciences; American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholar Award; Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament;
International PEN Writers in Distress Award; International Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights; the Bette Bao Lord Prize for Writing in the Cause of Freedom. Dr. Ibrahim was a Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2005.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington, D.C., is a distinguished anthropologist, writer and filmmaker, who is described by the BBC, the worlds leading authority on contemporary Islam. High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Pakistan to Great Britain (1999-2000), Ambassador Ahmed has been actively involved in inter-faith dialogue for years his work to bring understanding between Islam and the West has included three appearances on Oprah and a BBC news series called "Living Islam" broadcast for the first time in 1993. He has advised Prince Charles and met with President George W. Bush on Islam. His numerous books, films and documentaries, translated into many languages, have won many awards. Dr. Ahmed is regularly interviewed on CNN, CBC, the BBC, and SKY TV. He has presented and narrated The Glories of Islamic Art, a three-part television series for Channel 5, UK.
Ambassador Joseph B. Gildenhorn was named Chairman of the Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in June 2002. He is a widely respected diplomat and businessman. In 1989, he was appointed by former President George Bush to serve as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland where he served until 1993. He is founding partner and a director of The JBG real estate development and management Companies in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gildenhorn serves on numerous civic and public policy-oriented boards, including the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, the Council of American Ambassadors, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
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