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Author of 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana' to speak Thursday at CSU

Gayle Lemmon, author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" and former ABC news reporter, will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (March 22) at Columbus State University's University Hall auditorium. The event is part of CSU's 2012 Hunter Lecture Series.

The book is a nonfiction account of a female entrepreneur Kamela Sidiqi, who started a dressmaking business in the living room of her Afghanistan home during the Taliban’s rise to power in the 1990s. Her home-based business eventually offered work to 100 women in her neighborhood.

Lemmon spent three years interviewing sources in Kabul, London and Washington for the book. She is now deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Get more information on Lemmon's appearance here.

The Hunter Lecture Series is made possible thanks to a gift from Madge Hunter, in memory of her late husband, James W. Hunter. Previous speakers have included historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, radio host Garrison Keillor, children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy, paleoanthropologist Maeve Leakey and Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias Sanchez.

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