Islam in Europe and the United States
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Kishwer Falkner, Baroness of Margravine,
U.K. House of Lords
Date: March 28, 2007
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Rd.
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Kishwer Falkner, Baroness of Margravine was appointed to the House of Lords in 2004, joining the Liberal Democrats parliamentary team of 74 in the Lords. In 2005 she became the first Muslim to be promoted to the 'front bench' in UK parliamentary history, becoming a spokesman on Communities and Local Government. Falkner's other parliamentary activities have included serving on committees scrutinizing Human Rights, European Union Foreign Affairs, International Development and Defense and Legal Services. She also speaks on international terrorism and was a member of the Prime Minister's Taskforce on Muslim Extremism in 2005.
Falkner was born and educated in Pakistan and later at the London School of Economics and University of Kent, where she gained degrees in International Relations and European Studies. Before entering parliament, she worked in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. Falkner also served as Chief Executive of Students Partnership Worldwide, an international charity focusing on the needs of young people in Africa and Asia. She has lived and worked in several regions of the world including the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.