Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture


Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

Graphic for Jodidi Lecture with Nadia Murad

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
and the
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
warmly welcome you to the
Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture

"Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning"

Admission is free. Tickets required. Limit of 2 per person. Available by phone and online (for a fee) and in person at the Harvard Box OfficeSmith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, beginning Thursday, March 28 at 12:00pm EST. 

Please plan on being seated by 3:45 p.m. as the event will start promptly at 4:00 p.m.


Nadia Murad is the corecipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Murad’s peaceful life was savagely interrupted in 2014 when Daesh attacked her homeland in Sinjar, with the intention of ethnically cleansing Iraq of all Yazidis. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women in particular have suffered greatly, as they have been—and continue to be—victims of sexual violence. Much of Murad’s advocacy work is focused on meeting with global leaders to raise awareness about Daesh and its genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. 


Dr. Jennifer Leaning is an expert in public health rights-based responses to humanitarian crises. Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, is the Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

About Nadia's Initiative

Founded in September of 2016, Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to rebuilding communities in crisis and advocating for victims of sexual violence. Through its two initiatives, Sinjar Action Fund (SAF) and Survivors Action Response (SAR), Nadia’s Initiative challenges world leaders to act—to make “never again” a reality, not an empty promise.

For more information about the Jodidi Lecture, see our page on the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.


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