Thor Halvorssen, an international human rights advocate, President of the Human Rights Foundation, and Founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, will deliver the 11th Annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies at Saint Louis University on April 18th at 7:00 pm on SLU's campus in the C.S. Huh Auditorium of the Center for Global Citizenship. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Halvorssen will deliver a presentation titled, "Dictatorship: The Root of All Evil." The lecture is part of the 20th Anniversary Lecture Series for SLU's Center for International Studies, which has featured speakers from Israel, India, and Hungary. Venezuelan by birth, Halvorssen is also an award-winning film producer whose credits include Hammer & Tickle, Freedom's Fury, Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, and 2081.
Halvorssen's human rights advocacy work is primarily in matters of democracy and dictatorship, slavery and human trafficking. He has been lauded by the New York Times as a "champion of the underdog and the powerless." Before launching the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2009 and founding the Human Rights Foundation in 2004, from 1999-2004 Halvorssen was the CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), where he was known to defend members of both the political left and right. Halvorssen has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist as well as programs of Al Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, and BBC. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post and Forbes.
About the Center for International Studies: The SLU Center for International Studies is celebrating its 20th year as an academic unit whose mission is to facilitate internationally-oriented education within the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University in collaboration with other units and partners.
Lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for Intercultural Studies, the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, the Film Studies Program, and the Department of Political Science. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.
The Center for International Studies is celebrating its 20th year as a major at Saint Louis University and kicked off the year-long celebration with a Welcome Back Party for faculty, staff and students on September 1, 2016. At the event, Dr. David Borgmeyer, Director and Assistant Professor, announced plans for a 20th Anniversary lecture series and a 20th Anniversary issue of Global SLU (GS) Magazine for the 2016-17 academic year.
The lecture series began on Saturday, October 22, 2016 with a keynote talk by Nyirkos Tamás, Ph.D., of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary. The lecture was delivered during the annual 2016 Central Slavic Conference, sponsored by the Center for International Studies and coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.
Other lectures for the series includes the Middle East Studies Annual Lecture on February 20, 2017 with Bianca Kuehnel, Ph.D., of Hebrew University entitled "The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem", a lecture entitled "Help from Neuroscience" on March 21st by International Studies Visiting Fleming Fellow Dr. Roy Pereira, S.J., and will conclude on April 18th, 2017, with the Annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies, given by Thor Halvorssen.
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate and film producer. Described by the New York Times as "a champion of the underdog and the powerless," he began advocating for human rights as an adolescent in 1989 in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. Halvorssen's background is Norwegian and Venezuelan. He became involved full-time in the promotion of due process and individual rights after his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. He founded the New York-based Human Rights Foundation in 2004. HRF is devoted to liberating political prisoners and to promoting tolerance and democracy in Latin America. Mr. Halvorssen is founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual global gathering described by The Economist as a "spectacular human-rights festival... on its way to becoming a human-rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum."
The Center kicked off the year-long celebration with a Welcome Back Party for faculty, staff and students on Thursday, September 9th, 2016 in the Center for Global Citizenship.
Dr. David Borgmeyer, Director and Assistant Professor of the Center for International Studies, greets the crowd of faculty, staff and students during the Center's 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party.
Student representatives from the International Studies Honor Society, Sigma Iota Rho (SIR), were also on hand to present information on the Honor Society and their plans for the Anniversary Year. SIR President Samuel Shreve, along with SIR Vice President of Finance and Social Media Bridget Walde, explained that Sigma Iota Rho is not only a great way to gain greater international exposure, but allows you to actively engage and participate in cross cultural experiences which provide well rounded perspectives in your academic studies. They also made it clear that anyone who has an interest in international studies is welcome to join SIR as a participating club member, including faculty. Juniors and seniors have the ability to become part of the SIR national honor society as well. SIR allows for students on the SLU and SLU Madrid campus to open doors to additional exciting intercultural events, activities, and mindsets that many students do not have the opportunity to be exposed to. It enables students to discover new fascinations and build on continuous ones thanks to the strong backing of the Center for International Studies.
SIR Officers (l to r): Bridget Walde and Samuel Shreve
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Center Director and Assistant Professor, Dr. David Borgmeyer, at the
2016 Major Minor Fair held Nov. 2nd in the BSC.
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