Widow of Murdered Bangladeshi/US Writer to Speak at UC Riverside

Rafida Ahmed, the wife of Avijit Roy, will give a free talk Feb. 29 at UC Riverside

Rafida Ahmed talking

Rafida Ahmed will give a free talk on Feb. 29 at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The wife of a recently killed Bangladeshi-American blogger and activist, who herself was attacked when her husband was murdered, will speak Monday, Feb. 29 at the University of California, Riverside.

Rafida Ahmed, the wife of Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in Bangladesh in February 2015, will give a talk titled: “Machettes, fundamentalism and rationalism: what does history tell us?: reflections by Rafida Ahmed, Blogger/Writer and the widow of murdered Bangladeshi/US writer Dr. Avijit Roy.”

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary South 1113 at UC Riverside. It is free to attend.

In the last year, five Bangladeshis who have promoted rationalism and free thought, including authors, bloggers, and their publishers, have been murdered for professing their views. Ahmed and her husband were attacked Feb. 26, 2015 by Islamic militants in her native Bangladesh. Her husband was killed and she sustained head wounds and her left thumb was sliced off.

Ahmed, a financial executive who lives in Atlanta, will reflect on issues associated with these murders within the wider context of history of free thinking and the recent rise of religious fundamentalism.

Ahmed will discuss her unique perspective in conversation with Nigel Hughes, a professor of earth sciences at UC Riverside. Hughes is a paleontologist who studies the development and evolution of fossils. He has done extensive work in the Himalaya for over 25 years, and has a keen interest in science outreach in the Indian subcontinent.

The event is sponsored by University Honors, the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside’s Departments of Earth and Political Sciences and the John A and Betty C. Moore Science as a Way of Knowing seminar series.

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