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Hijab-Using Olympian to Lecture at College

Olympic saber fencer, fashion entrepreneur and social justice advocate Ibtihaj Muhammad is this year’s Carlos R. and Georgiana E. Leffler Memorial Lecturer at Elizabethtown College.

In 2016, Muhammad became the first Muslim-American woman to compete in Olympic fencing in hijab and the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States.

In addition to fencing, Muhammad is the founder of Louella, a clothing company aiming to bring affordable modest fashion to the U.S. market. She is also an ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative. Named to the “Time 100: The Most Influential People” list, hers is an important voice uniting both sport and non-sport circles in a global discussion on the importance of equality in sports.

Muhammad is to speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the college’s Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. Muhammad will take the same stage as Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA, in 2017.

The annual Leffler Lectures feature speakers of national and international renown who enhance the educational experience for the campus and greater communities and create meaningful public dialogue.

Lecture admission is free and open to the public, with a ticket request in advance through the college’s ticket hotline at 717-361-4757 or at

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