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MEDIA ADVISORY – Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at Vanderbilt‘s Senior Class Day

May. 4, 2005, 10:10 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ The first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi, will speak at Vanderbilt University‘s Senior Class Day on Thursday, May 12, at 10 a.m. on Alumni Lawn. Ebadi, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, continues to push for rights for women, children and the victims of government repression in Iran. Senior Class Day, which starts with a ceremonial walk through the gates of the university at 9:30 a.m., is held the day before the university‘s commencement exercises. Ebadi‘s speech will be given in Farsi with a simultaneous English interpretation. The speech will be webcast live. A link to the webcast will be on the Vanderbilt University home page at In case of severe weather, the event will be held in Memorial Gym on 25th Avenue South.

Credentials: Media interested in attending should contact Emily Pearce or Princine Lewis at 615-322-2706 by May 11. On Thursday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., media can pick up credentials at the media registration table located at the corner of Vanderbilt Place and West Side Row near the front of the Sarratt Student Center. Valid media identification/press passes must be presented.
Broadcast/Photography Media: Risers for broadcast media and print photographers will be located stage right about 80 to 100 feet from the podium. A pool feed of the multi-camera webcast production will be available through an audio/video mult box located at the riser. Cable runs are more than 300 feet to the riser location.
Parking Television Trucks: Parking for television trucks is in Lot 1A at Vanderbilt Place and West Side Row between Tri Delta sorority house and the Euclid Building. At 24th Avenue South, turn left onto Vanderbilt Place and it will dead end into the Sarratt Student Center. Then turn left onto West Side Row.
Print/Radio Media: A press filing room will be available with limited phone lines and high-speed Internet connections in the Sarratt Student Center, Room 116, next to Alumni Lawn. Reporters can watch the event on a TV monitor in the press room, or there is reserved seating for reporters next to the broadcast riser location on Alumni Lawn. An audio-only mult box will be provided at that location in addition to the one at the riser location.
Parking Print/Radio Media: Parking for print and radio media will be in the Kensington Garage next to Memorial Gym on 25th Avenue South come rain or shine. You must show a valid media identification/press credential to park in that garage.

Media contacts: Emily Pearce, (615) 322-NEWS

Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS