Campuses' Role in Promoting Human Rights, Democracy to be Examined at Student-Led Conference at Penn

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422November 29, 2007

WHAT: “Students for Human Rights and Democratic Education Conference,” a student-led grassroots conference on how to effect change in human rights and democratization through higher education. Its goal is to provide participants with the tools to assess their campuses’ promotion of human rights and democracy.

Participants will discuss higher-education institutions and their efforts to promote human rights and democracy, as well as to develop recommendations for mobilizing students.

WHO: Speakers representing academic, grassroots and institutional approaches to human rights and democracy, as well as discussion panels with leaders who have led successful human-rights or social-justice projects, including keynote speaker Jerome J. Shestack, former U.S. representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and former president of the American Bar Association, who currently co-chairs its Human Rights Center.

Sponsors include the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Council of Europe's Committee for Higher Education and Research.

WHERE: Logan Hall, 249 S. 36th St., on the Penn campus

WHEN: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Dec. 2; the keynote address will be at 10:15 a.m., with panel discussions to follow.

Additional information is available by contacting Olivia Clement at