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Twan Huys to Lecture on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2005, on August 25 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 14, 2007

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2005. Twan Huys, anchor of the Dutch current affairs television show NOVA, will discuss “The Rise and Fall of Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the Netherlands (...and why she will be a star in the United States)” on Saturday, August 25 at 2 pm, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Huys' lecture will discuss the impact Hirsi Ali had in the Netherlands and her influence in the United States. Admission to this lecture is free.

Somali-born Hirsi Ali arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee in 1992 and was elected to the Dutch Parliament in her early 20s. She faced death threats after collaborating on a film about domestic violence against Muslim women with director Theo van Gogh (who was himself assassinated) and now works for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Hirsi Ali recently published her memoirs in Infidel.

Huys will discuss Hirsi Ali’s story as he experienced it working on a documentary about this controversial figure. His film, De Gelukszoeker (The Pursuit of Happiness), follows Hirsi Ali’s downfall in the Netherlands and her rise in intellectual circles in New York and Washington. For seven years Huys was correspondent for Dutch Public Television in the United States and recently covered the murder of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

This lecture is organized in collaboration with NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires, a summer-long cultural exchange that showcases vibrant arts from the Netherlands and is the most extensive presentation of Dutch arts and culture ever to be held in the United States.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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