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 Afghan author shares life under totalitarian rule 




November 9, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




Afghan author shares life under totalitarian rule 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Author Farooka Gauhari, the first Afghan woman to publish her memoir in an English book, will bring her personal account of living under totalitarian rule in Afghanistan to Slippery Rock University at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

           The address is in Strain Behavioral Science Building.

           Gauhari's book "Searching for Saleem: An Afghan Woman's Odyssey" covers her search for her missing husband; watching her home country topple; how Afghan women's presence in politics has diminished; how government institutionalize repression has grown; and her decision to move her family from a country where she was accused of being an American agent. 

           The lecture will explain women's roles in rebuilding Afghanistan, their role in Islamic society and their future Afghanistan.

           "Her experience is a particularly touching and powerful memoir of the Afghan peoples. It typifies the kinds of human rights violations practiced against scores of Afghans. The program may be of particular interest to students and faculty in history, political science, multiculturalism/diversity, women's studies and geography," said Jace Condravy, professor of English and program organizer.

           The visit is sponsored by the SRU Women's Studies Program, the President's Commission on the Status of Women and a grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Center for Diversity and Educational Leadership Center.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.



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