[act-ma] 4/12/2012: "The State of Human Rights" with Schulz, Cerone, & Waddell; presented by Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University -- Thurs., April 12

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Mon Apr 2 12:36:33 PDT 2012

Ford Hall Forum
at Suffolk University

The State of Human Rights:
A Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Forum

Rev. Dr. William Schulz and Dr. John Cerone

discussion moderated by
 Dr. Jasmine Waddell

co-presented by
Old South Meeting House
Suffolk University's Model United Nations

Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
Old South Meeting House

(Boston, MA 02108) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents The State
of Human Rights: A Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Forum. Co-presented by Old
South Meeting House and Suffolk University's Model United Nations. With Rev.
Dr. William Schulz and Dr. John Cerone;  moderated by Dr. Jasmine Waddell.
Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm. Admission is free and open to all. Old
South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street (corner of Milk St.), Boston, MA.
Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park Street,
Downtown Crossing, and State Street stops on the MBTA. For more information,
contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:
617-557-2007,www.fordhallforum.org <http://www.fordhallforum.org/> .

With myriad political, social, and economic changes across the globe in the
last decade, the public is eagerly questioning the effects on our worldwide
fight for human rights. Rev. Dr. William Schulz, CEO of the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee, discusses the United States' recent progress
in upholding human rights and which geopolitical areas will soon need the
most attention. Dr. John Cerone, professor of human rights law and the U.S.
member of the International Law Association's (ILA) International Human
Rights Law Committee, delves into the UN's original intentions with the
Millennium Development Goals and the likelihood of fulfilling them by 2015.
Dr. Jasmine Waddell, visiting lecturer at the Heller School for Social
Policy and Management at Brandeis University, moderates their exchange on
critical steps to ensure these fundamental rights to all.

Further background information on the participants:

William F. Schulz is the President and CEO of UUSC, the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee, a nonsectarian organization that advances
human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world.
Previously, he served for 12 years as executive director of Amnesty
International USA. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Schulz is a
former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. He has appeared
frequently on radio and television news and analysis shows and is the author
or contributing editor of seven books, including In Our Own Best Interest:
How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All; Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the
Ruin of Human Rights; The Phenomenon of Torture; and The Future of Human
Rights: US Policy for a New Era.

John P. Cerone is a professor of law and Director of the Center for
International Law and Policy at New England Law School. Before joining the
New England faculty ion 2004, Cerone was executive director of the War
Crimes Research Office at American University Washington College of Law,
where he served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts
and tribunals. As a practicing international lawyer, Cerone has worked for a
number of different intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations,
including the United Nations, the International Secretariat of Amnesty
International, and the International Crisis Group. He has extensive field
experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan,
Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. Cerone is the US Member of the
International Law Association's (ILA) International Human Rights Law
Committee and is accredited by the United Nations to represent the American
Society of International Law (ASIL) before various UN Bodies. He is an
elected member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.

Dr. Jasmine Waddell is an American- and British-trained comparative
institutionalist scholar who studies social vulnerability, social exclusion
and poverty in the US and the Global South. In addition to her traditional
academic work, Waddell served as the Senior Officer for Research and
Learning at Oxfam America. At Oxfam, she managed major research reports on
social vulnerability to climate change, Black-Brown alliance building,
measuring human development, and post-Katrina recovery. A Rhodes Scholar,
Waddell assessed the implementation of social welfare policy in South Africa
during apartheid.

Coming up next in Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University's Spring Series:

Brand-Name Genes
Thurs., April 19, 6:30-8 pm
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Biotechnology in genetics is reaching heights that the average person can
barely imagine. But what are the effects of this unstoppable science on
individuals, the economy, and our society as a whole? If we cannot abate the
speed of innovation, how can we better control it or at least mitigate the
negative consequences? Attorney Lee Carl Bromberg reveals the tactic of
companies patenting genetic code, while Dr. Robert Klitzman, author of "Am I
My Genes?" shares the stories of real people whose lives were forever
changed by genetic testing. Dominick Ianno, Ford Hall Forum President and
Pfizer's Director of Public Affairs, US Northeast, leads us through a
discussion of the revolutionary and sometimes frightening future of

About Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University is the nation's oldest free public
lecture series. The Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed
and effective citizenry through public presentation of lectures, debates,
and discussions. Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society, by
bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers from a
broad range of perspectives. These individuals speak in person, for free,
and in settings that encourage frank and open debate.

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held
at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the
original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued
throughout the Boston area with the generous support of foundations,
corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. In its 104th year of
programming, the Forum continues to build upon its partnership with Suffolk
University. Suffolk is now housing the Forum's administrative offices just a
block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University programs are made possible through the
generous contributions from individual members as well as corporations and
foundations, including ACLU Massachusetts, AIG, The Barr Foundation, The
Boston Beer Company, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, Edwards Angell Palmer and
Dodge, The Fred and Marty Corneel Fund, Helen Rees Literary Agency, Houghton
Chemical Corporation, Iron Mountain, Jackson & Company, Katz Nannis +
Solomon PC, The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Nellie
Mae Education Foundation, Old South Meeting House, Penny Pimentel, The
Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince Lobel Tye
LLP, Ropes & Gray, Suffolk University, WBUR 90.9 FM, and WilmerHale.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit
www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University's partnership
with Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617)
573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.




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