The 2017 Peder Sather Symposium

The College of Letters & Science, the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden and the Norwegian Consulate General present the 2017 Peder Sather Symposium:  Freedom of Speech Under Pressure in the World’s Liberal Democracies.

The Peder Sather Symposium features Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director of the Fritt Ord Foundation and Former Culture and Opinions Editor in Aftenposten, and Azita Raji, Former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

When: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 am
Where: Social Science Matrix, Barrows Hall, 8th Floor, University of California, Berkeley
Tickets and RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and RSVP requested by September 22 by clicking here.

About the speakers:

Dr. Knut Olav Åmås
 is the executive director of the Fritt Ord Foundation, an institute dedicated to the protection and promotion of freedom of speech and expression. He is the former culture and opinions editor for Norway’s leading newspaper, Aftenposten, and former editor of Samtiden, Scandinavia’s oldest cultural and political journal. He has also served as State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs. Dr. Åmås holds a cand.philol. degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Bergen.

Azita Raji is the former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden. She was the first Iranian-American to serve as a U.S. ambassador, and the first female U.S. ambassador to Sweden. Raji has been active in politics since 2008, serving as an advisory board member of the Democratic National Committee and on the financial committee of Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Prior to that, she worked as an international investment banker, holding senior positions at firms including J. P. Morgan and Salomon Brothers. Raji was born in Iran, completed high school in Switzerland, and moved to the United States to attend university. She earned her M.B.A in Finance from Columbia Business School.

The Peder Sather Symposium fosters interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and policy makers on global and national issues of mutual concern and promotes the understanding of political, economic and cultural issues. The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, and the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden.