The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion and the Women’s Law Caucus in conjunction with KARAMAH (Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights) present: Honor Killings or Patriarchal Crimes? The Stoning of Soraya M., delivered by Professor Aziza Y. al-Hibri Professor of Law, The University of Richmond Founder and Chair, KARAMAH commentary by Professor Robert A. Destro Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion.

The focus of the discussion will be the phenomenon of honor killings, a crime as complex as it is horrible, interplaying as it does between culture, religion, and law. The 2008 film, The Stoning of Soraya M., is based on a true story of the brutal, stoning death, in 1986, of a young, Iranian mother accused of adultery. Selected clips from the film will be shown to provide the cultural context in which these crimes occur, both in the Middle East and South Asia, as well as in immigrant communities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. There will be ample opportunity for questions. Sign-up sheets will also be provided for those who would like to learn more about the issue, or who would like to volunteer to work on an interfaith, collaborative effort to eliminate this injustice.

The event is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in the Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

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