The Struggle for Human Rights
There are almost 200 countries in the world today as recognized
by the United Nations, and every one of them commits human
rights violations. No nation can claim a moral high ground
when it comes to human rights behavior. This series will
focus on a litany of crimes committed by governments against
(groups of) individuals because of who they (allegedly) are.
From torture to terrorism and from slavery to genocide, these
lectures will discuss the history and current status of human
rights in the world today.
October 19 -- The Global Status of Human
This session will take a sobering look at the devastating impact
of bad human behavior across the globe. Some of the crimes
to be discussed will include mass murder and genocide, crimes
against women and children, torture, executions, and hate
crimes. White it is easy to be overwhelmed by such
horrific behavior, we will also discuss various ways to become
involved to end these crimes and to work for a better and safer
October 26 -- Up Close and Personal -
Visits to Sites of Mass Crimes
The second session will present a review and a discussion of
several trips taken to sties where massive human rights
violations occurred. We will focus on a winter
Holocaust-related trip to Poland (including some extermination
sites) and summer trips to Argentina ("Dirty
War"/disappearances) and Rwanda (genocide). This session
will include a slide presentation and discussion about the
legacies and ramifications of these past atrocities for our
society and world today.
November 2 -- Pointing the Finger Inward
- A Critical Assessment of America's Human Rights Record
We are all fortunate to live in this country that allows us
wide-ranging freedoms in matters of conscience, faith, and
individual choices. Nevertheless, the overall human rights
record of the United Sates has been and remains troubling.
Our national experience includes the horrors of slavery,
genocide of native peoples, centuries of the denial of basic
rights of women, and terrible crimes committee during all of our
wars. This session will assess both the current domestic
and foreign policy human rights records of our nation.