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11th Annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies: 'Dictatorship: The Root of All Evil'

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

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 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 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, New York Times and The Economist as well as programs on 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.

The lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for Intercultural Studies, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Film Studies Program, and the Department of Political Science.

A reception will follow the presentation. 

For more information, please contact, call 314-977-5124, or click here.

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