Human Rights Lecture Slated for September 20
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- The Human Rights Semester will officially
kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 20, with a lecture that directly pertains to
last Tuesday's terrorist
attacks on the United States.
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, the Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting
Professor in Human Rights, will deliver a talk on "Human Rights and
the Culture Wars" at 4
p.m. in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research
"The promotion of international human rights is seen as American
imperialism in the less developed world," says Howard-Hassmann.
"This belief contributes to
the politics of resentment, which contribute to terrorist events like
those of last week."
Howard-Hassmann is a professor of sociology at McMaster
University in Ontario, Canada, and an associate member of the
university's political science
department. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,
Howard-Hassmann is the associate director of McMaster University's
Research Institute on Globalization
and the Human Condition. She originated and directed the school's
now defunct undergraduate minor, Theme School on International
Justice and Human Rights.
Howard-Hassmann's books include the forthcoming
Compassionate Canadians: Citizens Discuss Human Rights;
Colonialism and Underdevelopment in Ghana,
Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa; and
Human Rights and the Search for Community. She is
the co-editor of the International Handbook of Human
Rights. Howard-Hassmann has written many articles on
human rights and development in Africa; women's rights in Africa
and elsewhere; Canadian foreign policy
and Canadian refugee policy; and theoretical, methodological and
sociological issues in international and Canadian human rights.
Howard-Hassmann's lecture is one of more than three dozen
human rights-related activities taking place on UConn's campuses
this fall as part of the Human
Rights Semester. Designated by Chancellor John
D. Petersen, the Semester is intended to underscore the importance
of human rights and to inform and engage members of the University
interested members of the public about this critical topic.
The lecture is free and open to the public and the media.
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