Oct. 2, 10, 23 & Nov. 6 — speaker, Peace and Justice Center series on human rights

image003Aziz Abu Sarah—Palestinian Peace activist

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
7:00 P.M.
McCarthy Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College

Aziz was angry and vengeful when his brother was killed by the Israeli Defense Force years ago. Then he attended a meeting of the Bereaved Families Forum and has become a host on All for Peace Radio. He also runs an organization aimed at empowering Palestinian youth. He has agreed to keynote our Peace Pledge Ceremony this year.

image009Albert Huang—Natural Resources Defense Council

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
7:00 P.M.
McCarthy Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College
Al Huang is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, working with NRDC’s urban program in New York. Al coordinates the environmental justice work at NRDC. He litigates and advocates on behalf of low-income communities throughout the country who are fighting environmental hazards, utilizing a model that emphasizes community-based organizing and litigation. He will be speaking on “Environmental Racism” at St. Mike’s.

image004Lisa Shannon—Human Rights Activist

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
7:00 P.M.
McCarthy Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College

Lisa Shannon, author of A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman,” and founder of Run for Congo Women, was the first national grassroots activist in the United States working to raise awareness of the forgotten humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has been featured in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristoff and has appeared with Hillary Clinton on Oprah. Lisa will keynote our Congo Week activities.
image012image011Maria Stephan and Bob Helvey—The Scholar and the Colonel

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
7:00 P.M.
McCarthy Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College

Maria J. Stephan is a strategic planner with the US Department of State and co-author, with Erica Chenoweth, of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, which won the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

Robert Helvey is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who was sent by the International Republican Institute to teach seminars in non-violent strategy for a group of students in the former Yugoslavia in 2000 which led to the non-violent overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic.

Maria and Bob will discuss the spread of non-violent resistance movements throughout the world, Maria from an empirical and Bob from a practical standpoint.


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