MSU Leadership Institute – Nobel Peace Prize winner warns against U.S. war on Iran

Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, spoke to a large Bozeman audience Wednesday and warned that the United States should not threaten to invade or attack Iran.

Ebadi, 60, showed 1,100 students and community members at Montana State University’s Strand Union Building the outspokenness that has made her a champion of human rights by criticizing both the Iranian and the U.S. governments.

“The Iranian people are very critical of their government,” Ebadi said, speaking through a translator. “But you must understand that war against Iran, or even a threat of war against Iran, will put human rights in a worse situation and give the government the pretext to suppress the voices of dissidents.”

Ebadi’s talk was sponsored by ASMSU, the MSU Leadership Institute , the president’s and provost’s offices, Humanities Montana, Lively Arts & Lectures, MSU International Programs, College of Letters and Science, and Women’s Faculty Caucus.

By GAIL SCHONTZLER Chronicle Staff Writer

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Nobel Prize winner urges MSU students to have courage to change the world

The first Muslim woman and Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize told Montana State University students to take courage to change the world and not to fear making mistakes or even defeat.

"We have a right to make mistakes," Shirin Ebadi told an audience of more than 1,000 people in the MSU SUB ballrooms Wednesday."However it is important that once you realize you have made a mistake, find a remedy."

Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7275, [email protected]

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