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Event Title  In Small Places Close to Home: Americans Struggle for Human Rights
Date  Oct 11, 2008
Time  1:00PM - 4:00PM ET
Location  Vassar College
Students' Building, 2nd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Description  What is America’s leadership role in developing a post-World War II human rights regime? Does the US need to reassert its leadership role by improving the example it sets? Are we “practicing what we preach”? This program will examine these questions and many others.

Keynote Address:

Michael Posner
President of Human Rights First

Michael Posner, President of Human Rights First Panelists:

M. Glen Johnson
Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Vassar College (moderator)

Dr. Karin Deutsch Karlekar ’94
Senior Researcher and Managing Editor of Freedom of the Press

Grisela Jackson ’78
Community Organizer and Activist in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Ann Northrop ’70
Longtime journalist and activist, currently co-hosting the national weekly TV news show Gay USA

Rev. Richard Witt
Executive Director, Rural and Migrant Ministries, Poughkeepsie, NY

Joseph Nevins
Associate Professor of Geography at Vassar College

This event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College (AAVC). For more information, contact: Willa McCarthy (845) 437-5441 or

Photo: Michael Posner, President, Human Rights First. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First.


161 College Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603