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Christian Center of Park City will present Hauwa Ibrahim at the Egyptian Theatre

Scott Iwaski, The Park Record

Hauwa Ibrahim, a women's rights lawyer from Nigeria, will speak at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The event is presented through a partnership with The Christian Center of Park City and the Harvard Divinity School. (Photo courtesy of the Christian Center of Park City)

Hauwa Ibrahim is a judge, lawyer and senior partner at the Aries Law Firm who is on a mission devoted to human rights in her home country of Nigeria.

She is also coming to Park City to speak at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The event is made possible by a partnership with the Christian Center of Park City and the Harvard Divinity School, said Rob Harter, executive director of the Christian Center of Park City.

"One of our board members suggested that we should develop the series with the Harvard Divinity School," Harter told The Park Record. "This is the first speaker we are bringing out here through our newly established speaking series."

The event is free and open to the public.

"We are asking for a suggested donation of $15, but we really don’t want to hold anyone back from attending this unique experience," Harter said. "So if they can afford to donate, they can still attend."

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Ibrahim, who is also the author of "Practicing Law in Shariah Courts: Seven Strategies," that was published this year, will tell her story and the story of women in Nigeria and similar countries, Harter said.

"She really didn’t give us a script or anything, but for her to do what she does in her county is rare for its culture, and we felt it was important to bring her to Park City so people could hear what she has to say," he explained. "We’re really excited about this, and we love that we are in a partnership with Harvard."

One of the many interesting aspects about the speaking engagement is that the Christian Center is bringing in a Muslim speaker, Harter said.

"This is a unique experience for anyone who will come hear her," he said. "She is a woman in power in a culture that doesn’t have a lot of women in those types of positions."

Ibrahim, who has been a visiting professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Stonehill College, a world fellow at Yale University, a Radcliffe fellow, and a fellow at both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University, is the speaking series’ first guest to visit Park City.

"Our hope is that in the future, we will present two or three speakers a year," Harter said. "There will be a variety and the Christian Center and Harvard will determine who is available."

Another goal is to feature different speakers who will address a wide range of topics.

"All of them will be world class and will have unique experiences to share," he said. "Having speakers of this caliber come to Park City is interesting, but also important for us.

"Park City is still a small town, and it you lived in a big city, you may have more opportunities to hear these types of speakers," Harter said. "So we wanted to provide that kind of educational experience."

Harter believes Park City residents will support the speaking series.

"The people who live here are interested in world events," he said. "Our hope is to bring awareness to the topics that these people will address."

Although the partnership with the Harvard Divinity School is new, bringing speakers to Park City is one of the missions of the Christian Center.

"When the Christian Center started 13 years ago, one of the visions was to use it as a catalyst to bring speakers to Park City," Harter said. "During the first couple of years, it did bring speakers in that were connected to other events and organizations in Salt Lake City. We’re going to start that again, so people who live in Salt Lake can drive up to Park City to hear these people.

"Harvard has such a reach and they can get some of the top speakers in the world and they can get them to come here," he said.

The Christian Center of Park City, in partnership with the Harvard Divinity School, will present judge and human rights lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim, who will speak at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. Admission is free or a suggested donation of $15. For more information, visit http://www.ccofpc.org or call 435-649-2260.

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