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Yemeni journalist, Nobel laureate to visit Harvard

June 4, 2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—H.E. Tawakkol Karman, a journalist and activist who galvanized Yemeni support for the Arab Spring uprisings last year, will speak at a Harvard Kennedy school forum.

Karman will be the featured speaker Thursday in a talk co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and Institute of Politics.

She became the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Prize, is a cofounder of the human rights group Women Journalists Without Chains and a senior member of the opposition political party Al-Islah.

She organized weekly protests in support of broad reforms in Yemen beginning in 2007. In 2011, she called for the ouster of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and was arrested and detained twice in two months.

In October, Karman was named a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

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