Visiting scholar, human rights advocate Husseini to speak at UW-Green Bay April 4

Award-winning journalist and human rights advocate Rana Husseini will address a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus and community audience Wednesday, April 4, part of the UW-Green Bay/St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholars Program.

Husseini will speak from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre of UW-Green Bay’s University Union, and her address is free and open to the public. The internationally recognized Husseini has researched extensively the practice of so-called “honor killing,” which is the subject of her new book, Murder in the Name of Honour.

As a Jordanian female journalist writing for the Jordan Times, Husseini has focused on social issues, with a special emphasis on violence against women and the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honor. She often is credited with breaking the silence on the practice of honor killings, discussion of which traditionally has been considered taboo. A 2009 book review in the British newspaper The Guardian called Husseini “courageous and outspoken,” and her work “groundbreaking.” Other critics and advocates have similarly praised Husseini and her work.

In addition to her UW-Green Bay appearance, Husseini will appear at St. Norbert College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. She also will be featured at the Fox Cities Book Festival, appearing from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, April 13 at UW-Fox Valley.

The UW-Green Bay/St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2003 to bring scholars and professionals from developing countries to the Green Bay area for the benefit of campuses and community. The overall objective is to improve international understanding by providing opportunities to learn from visiting scholars, and for them to learn from local community members. Information on the program is available at

For more information on Husseini and her appearance at the Fox Cities Book Festival, visit or Members of the media who are interested in interviewing Husseini should contact Kelly McBride, UW-Green Bay University Communication, at (920) 465-2526 or


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