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Expert on Iran, Muslims in America First Presenter for Spring University Forum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, January 29, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

A respected and renowned expert on Islam, Iran, women’s and human rights and life as a Muslim in America will be the lead presenter for this spring’s University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Melody Moezzi, a writer, speaker, activist and attorney will present "Writing for a Cause, or, the Activist Writer," Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Stout Hall – B on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Born in Chicago in 1979 and raised in an Iranian-American community in Dayton, Ohio, Moezzi is the author of “War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims,” which earned  a Gustavus Myers Center for Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention and a Georgia Author of the Year award.

She is considered a leading voice on Iran, diversity, women’s and human rights, and Islam, especially Islam in America, and speaks and writes about public health, with a particular focus on mental health related issues.

Moezzi is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Georgia Gazette,” and has also appeared on CNN, BBC and numerous other radio and television programs.  She has written for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Parabola, the American Bar Association, Dissident Voice, and Muslim Girl Magazines, among other publications. 

A corporate and non-profit consultant and attorney, Moezzi has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reporting to the U.S. Congressional Commission on International Religious Freedom, and has also done work on health and human rights for The Carter Center.

This University Forum presentation is sponsored in part by the World of Words Humanities Showcase; the Southern Miss Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and College of Arts and Letters. For more information on this event, contact Jeanne Gillespie, associate dean and director of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Arts and Letters, 601.266.4963, or email This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . For more information about University Forum, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533.


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