Mr. Hossam Bahgat will be the Fall 2023 Gruber Distinguished Lecturer in Global Justice. Professor Aslı Ü. Bâli will be his faculty host. As he is under a travel ban by the Egyptian government, his lecture will be held virtually.
Bahgat started his career as a journalist. He subsequently worked for the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), but he was dismissed in 2001 following public disagreements over the organization's inaction regarding 52 gay men having been arrested on the basis of their sexuality (a mass arrest known as the "Queen Boat incident"). Following his departure from EOHR, he founded the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a human rights organization, in 2002. It was the first human rights organization in Egypt to recognize LGBT rights as human rights.
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights