Dutch Activist Discusses Islam
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of Dutch Parliament and human rights activist, addressed issues ranging from the culture of arranged marriages to the compatibility of Islam with open societies in Western Europe at several venues across campus yesterday.
She began her tour at the Harvard Coop, but also spoke at the Kennedy School of Government and Center for Government and International Studies.
Her visit concluded with a panel discussion where Ali addressed five questions related to immigration and Islam.
A third panelist, Swanee Hunt, a former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, spoke about religious radicalism and participation of women in politics around the world. She challenged the audience by asking whether the United States would go into Iraq if the vice president and half of the Senate and House of Representatives were women.
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