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Human Rights Awards Dinner

The Advocates for Human Rights

invites you to the

2010 Human Rights Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Marriott Hotel – City Center

30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402


 Video Invitation

 2010 Auction Items

 Award Recipients

Photo by SJ Staniski


Cocktail Reception with Dr. Nafisi, 4:30 P.M.
Reception and Silent Auction, 5:00 P.M.
Dinner and Program with Keynote Address by Dr. Nafisi, 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Book Signing with Dr. Nafisi, 9:00 P.M.


Presented by:


A list of all of our generous sponsors can be found

2010 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award Recipient and Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Azar Nafisi

Dr. Azar Nafisi has received international recognition for her advocacy for human rights, and especially women's rights, in Muslim societies. She has written extensively on women's rights in her home country of Iran, including the book, Reading Lolita in Tehran. She served on the faculty at Tehran University and later Allemeh Tabatabai University and, as visiting fellow at the University of Oxford, taught on the interactions between Western and Iranian culture. Her publications include Things I Have Been Silent About (2008); La Voce Verde (2006); Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (2003); Anti-Terra: A Study of Vladimir Nabokov’s Novels (1994); and numerous chapters and articles on issues related to promotion of democracy and human rights in Muslim societies, on women’s rights and on literature and culture. Reading Lolita has been on best-seller lists worldwide, has been translated into more than 30 languages and has won many literary awards, including 2004 nonfiction award from Booksense and the Frederic W. Ness Book Award. Dr. Nafisi is currently a Visiting Professor and the director of the Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.


Come to hear her inspirational and educational message!

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Background on the Human Rights Awards Dinner

Each year, The Advocates hosts a Human Rights Awards Dinner to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to The Advocates' work and to the human rights movement locally and globally. The Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award is given annually to an outstanding individual or organization promoting human rights. A list of past recipients of the Human Rights Award can be found here

The Human Rights Awards Dinner also recognizes the many volunteers that make The Advocates' work possible.