The United Nations and Human Rights Nov. 17 at Plymouth State University

November 1st, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.––Julie Mertus, associate professor and co-director of the Master of Arts program in ethics, peace and global affairs at American University will discuss globalization and changes in the United Nations human rights system that provide new opportunities and an expanded range of tools to use to address human wrongs and to advance human rights at the Sidore Lecture Series Nov. 17 on the campus of Plymouth State University.

Mertus says the UN and non-governmental organizations are promoting a more just and peaceful future through greater participation in problem solving and conflict prevention.

Mertus, author of The United Nations and Human Rights, is a leading expert on civic education and the United Nations. Her work focuses on human rights education, U.S. foreign policy, refugee and humanitarian law and policy, gender and conflict and post-war transitions.

While her geographic expertise is in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia, she has participated in human rights projects in many locations including Vietnam, Brazil, China, Jordan and South Africa.

Mertus will speak at 7 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.

For information, contact Professor Mark Fischler at (603) 535-3143 or via e-mail to

The next speaker in the series will be February 16, 2010: Robert Pollin, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute. Professor Pollin will speak on “How Green Economics Can Revive the Economy.

The theme for the 2009-2010 series is “Educating for Global Citizenship.”

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