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Human Rights Lecture Slated for September 20
(Released: 09/19/01)

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 Center.

"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 community and 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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