Nawal El Saadawi: Lecture
Nawal El Saadawi, an outspoken activist, author and human rights advocate, made passionate appeals to a crowd of nearly 400 gathered to listed to her Sept. 14, 2011, Marwa Africana Lecture focusing on creativity and dissidence. El Saadawi, who has for years openly addressed issues such as prostitution, female genital mutilation and discriminatory family laws, was exiled from her home country of Egypt for years, was jailed by President Anwar Sadat for “crimes against the state” and has endured threats on her life. Despite those challenges, she told the Marwa lecture audience, her creativity never waned. She instead allowed her creative spark and her passion for writing to help her feel more alive than ever. Her lecture in the Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union was followed by a reception and book signing.