Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of a Muslim country, opened Fairfield’s Open Visions Forum last Monday with an insightful lecture on a variety of issues ranging from her political history in Pakistan, the current problems in the middle east, the role of women in Islamic society, and the reaction of Muslims to Sept. 11.

Bhutto, whose lecture was part of the Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture series, was intelligent, succinct, and interesting; judging from the list of speakers for this year’s Open Visions Forum, the best may be yet to come.

In October, the Quick Center will welcome Dominick Dunne, best-selling author and journalist. Later in the year, notables such as embattled historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin, film producer Ismail Merchant, actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, journalist Marvin Kalb, writer Elie Wiesel, and hostage negotiator Terry Waite will grace the stage in the Kelley Theater.

With such a superb line-up of guests available, The Mirror only hopes that more students will attend these lectures in the future. Unfortunately, as the Open Visions Forum becomes better and better, tickets have become more scarce. Consequently, we urge those running the forum will continue to try to make tickets to these important events available to as many students as possible.

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