The guest speaker will be 20-year-old Jewher Ilham, the daughter of imprisoned Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti. In 2013, while accompanying her father for a visit to the U.S., Jewher took an Indianapolis-bound flight by herself when Chinese authorities detained Tohti, who will be tried for a life sentence on a charge of separatism. It was the last time they would see each other. As she made a new home in America, Jewher began advocating for her father, who is recognized worldwide as a moderate voice for ethnic Uighurs in Northern China.
Currently an undergraduate in Indiana, Jewher Ilham has testified before a Senate hearing on human rights in China, written an editorial for the New York Times, and has been featured in numerous media stories, including an interview on NPR's All things Considered. She has worked closely with the RWU-SAR (Scholars at Risk) Advocacy Seminar students around her father's case.
Presented in association with the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs. The event is free and open to the public.