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Fall 2008

  • November 3: Claude Alexandre, director of the Board of Directors for Fonkoze USA. The title of his presentation was "Microfinance NGO's and the Emergency in Haiti."
  • November 5: Claudia Stevens, producing artistic director for PIANOPLY; visiting scholar in music at College of William and Mary. She performed her musical drama, "An Evening with Madame F," which is based on music sung and played by the women inmates at Auschwitz.

Spring 2008

  • February 11: Efrain Inbar, professor of political science and director, Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University in Israel; author of The Israel-Turkish Entente (2001) and Rabin and Israel’s National Security (1999). The title of his presentation was “Israel’s Search for Peace and Security in the Middle East.”
  • February 14: Ruth Kluger, Leadership in Human Rights Series.
  • April 17: Shirin Ebadi, Noble Laureate (2003); founder of the Children’s Rights Support Association, Iran; co-author of Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope (2006); and author of Democracy, Human Rights, and Islam in Modern Iran: Psychological, Social, and Cultural Perspectives (2003). The title of his presentation was “Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope.”
  • April 24: Roy Gutman, foreign editor of McClatchy Washington Bureau; author of How We Missed the Story: Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan (2008); and co-editor of Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (1999).

Fall 2007

  • October 8: Charles Clark, senior lecturer in European history at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University; author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 (2006) and Politics of Conversion: Missionary Protestantism and the Jews in Prussia, 1728-1941 (1995). The title of presentation was “From Suicide Bombers to World Crisis: Serbia and the Outbreak of War in 1914.”
  • October 25: David Talbot, founder and former editor-in-chief for and author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years (2007). The title of his presentation was “Why JFK is Still Ahead of His Time.”
  • November 1: Paul Shapiro is the director for the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Mr. Shapiro discussed “Opening the Archives of the International Tracing Service.”
  • November 20: Judea Pearl, professor of computer science and statistics and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at UCLA. He also is the founder of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and author of Causality: Models, Reasoning, and Inference (2000) and co-editor of I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl (2004).

Spring 2007

  • January 22: Thomas Cushman is a professor of sociology at Wellesley College; editor of Journal of Human Rights and A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq (2005); and author of The Human Rights Case for War: Ethics, International Law, and the Conflict in Iraq (2006). The title of his presentation was “Orwell in the 21st Century.”
  • February 21: Francis Bok, former Dinka slave in Sudan; lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Group; and author of Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity, and My Journey to Freedom in America (2003). The title of his presentation was “21st Century Slavery: Living Proof.”

Fall 2006

  • September 13: Firuz Kazemzadeh, professor emeritus of history for Yale University; member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; author of The Struggle for Transcaucasin, 1917-1921 (1952) and Russia and Britain in Persia: A Study in Imperialism, 1864-1914 (1968). The title of his presentation was “Iran and the Baha’is: A History of Persecution.”

Spring 2006

  • January 24: Michael Corriero is a judge for the Court of Claims, Supreme Court of New York. The title of his presentation was “A Model Juvenile Justice System Based on Human Rights Principles.”
  • February 6: Peter Thum ’90 is the co-founder of Ethos Water and vice president for Starbucks Coffee. He spoke on “Social Entrepreneurship: Ethos Water and the World Water Crisis.”
  • February 16: Dale Minami is a civil rights attorney and partner at Minami, Lew and Tamaki in San Francisco. He was a litigant in the Supreme Court case Koremastu v. U.S. (1980). Mr. Minami discussed “Fraud on the Supreme Court: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience.”
  • March 6: Panel Discussion with David Scheffer and Terree Bowers discussing “Realizing a Legacy: The International Criminal Court, War Crimes, and International Law 60 Years After Nuremberg.”
  • April 6: Peter Singer is the Olin National Security Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies for the Brookings Institution and author of Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (2003) and Children at War (2005).
  • April 20: Charles Fishman is the distinguished service professor emeritus of English and director emeritus of the Distinguished Speakers Program at S.U.N.Y., Farmingdale. Dr. Fishman is the author of Country of Memory (2004) and Chopin’s Piano (2006). His presentation was titled “Holocaust Poetry: A Reading.”

Fall 2005

  • November 21: Mark Geragos, managing partner of Geragos and Geragos, Los Angeles. The title of his presentation was “Sometimes Justice Takes Time.”

Spring 2005

  • January 31: Romeo Dallaire, former force commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. The title of General Dallaire’s presentation was “Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.” This presentation was part of the series titled “Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention.”
  • February 23: Walid Kazziha, professor of political science, American University, Cairo; co-author of Renewal of Islamic Law (2004) and State and Society in Mid-Nineteenth Century Egypt (2003). He spoke on “Prospects for Peace in Palestine.”
  • February 28” Paul Rusesabagina, former acting manager, Hotel des Mille Collines, Rwanda; as seen in the film Hotel Rwanda (2004). Windows Media
  • March 9: Amnesty International-TASER Debate featuring William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, and Rick Smith, founder and CEO of TASER International. Windows Media.
  • March 29: Heidi Rutz, assistant professor of strategy and policy, U.S. Navel War College. She spoke on “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Anti-terrorism Measures and the Implications for Political Liberalization.”
  • April 18: Richard Evans, professor of modern history, Cambridge University; author of The Coming of the Third Reich (2003) and Telling Lies About Hitler: History, the Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial (2002). He discussed “History, Truth, and Memory: Reflections on the Irving-Lipstadt Libel Case.” Windows Media
  • April 19: Chivy Sok, former deputy director for the Center for Human Rights, University of Iowa. The title of his presentation was “Leaving the Killing Fields Behind: The Quest for Social Justice and Human Dignity.”

Fall 2004

  • October 5: Michael Nutkiewicz, executive director of Program for Torture Victims, Los Angeles; author of Holocaust Museums: The Paradox of Sacred Spaces and Public Access (1993) and Not a Useable Past? The Holocaust and American Society (1999). This presentation was part of the series titled “Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention; Issues in the 2004 Presidential Election.” Windows Media
  • October 6: Seymour Hersh, journalist and author of The Dark Side of Camelot (1997) and The Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (2004). Mr Hersh discussed “Inside Iraq’s Abu Graib Prison” as part of the series titled “Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention; Issues in the 2004 Presidential Election.” Windows Media.
  • October 12: Jok Jok, assistant professor of history, Loyola Marymount University; author of War and Slavery in Sudan (2001) and Old Weapons New Soldiers: Slavery and Jihad in Sudan’s Conflict (2003). He spoke on “Religion, Race, and the Humanitarian Disaster in Sudan. This presentation was part of the series titled “Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention; Issues in the 2004 Presidential Election.”
  • November 10: Allen Weiner, Warren Christopher Professor of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy, Stanford University; author of Indirect Expropriations: The Need for a Taxonomy of “Legitimate” Regulatory Purposes (2003). He spoke on “International Law and America’s War on Terrorism.”
  • November 16: Howard Wolpe, public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; former United States Congressman (D-Michigan); former chair, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa; author of Urban Politics in Nigeria (1973); co-author of The United States and Africa: A Post-Cold War Perspective (1998). He spoke on “Challenges to Peacemaking in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.” Mr. Wolpe’s presentation was part of the series titled “Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention; Issues in the 2004 Presidential Election.”

Spring 2003

  • February 25: Michael Berenbaum, adjunct professor of theology and director of the Sigi Ziering Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics, University of Judaism, Los Angeles; co-author of False Papers: Deception and Survival in the Holocaust (2000) and In the Shadow of the Swastika (1998). Windows Media
  • April 10: Samantha Power, adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard University; co-editor of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact (2000); author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (2002). Her lecture was part of the series “Confronting Evil: Lectures on the Holocaust and Genocide.”

Past Speaker Series:

Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention (2004-2005)
Researching the Holocaust (2002)
Confronting Evil: Lectures on the Holocaust and Genocide (2003)
Perspectives on Genocide in the 20th Century (2003)
Atrocities on Trial: Nuremberg in Historical Perspective February 21-22, 2006

Past conferences

China and Human Rights: A Symposium
March 6-7, 2008
Co-sponsored with the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
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Lessons and Legacies IX: Memory, History, and Responsibility
Fall 2006

Gray Zones: Ambiguity and Compromise in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath
February 5 - 7, 2004