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2005.10.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Jerry Fowler to Give Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights Oct. 27

Omaha - The staff director for the United Sates Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee on Conscience will be speaking about Sudan and genocide at this year's annual Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  The presentation is set for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

Jerry Fowler is the first staff director for the committee, which guides the museum's genocide prevention efforts.  His speech is titled "Genocide Emergency Sudan: Who Will Survive Today?"  The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center's Dodge Room.

Fowler previously was legislative counsel for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, where he worked on a broad array of human rights issues, including international justice and refugee and asylum policy.

His publications include the essay, "Out of that Darkness: Preventing Genocide in the 21st Century," in the 2nd edition of Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Views (Routledge, 2004). He also directed the short film "A Good Man in Hell: General Romeo Dallaire and the Rwanda Genocide," based on a program at the Holocaust Museum.

Fowler has taught at George Mason University Law School and George Washington University Law School, and has been a Scholar-in-Residence at American University's summer Human Rights Institute. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Princeton University.

From 1983 to 1987, he was stationed in Germany as an officer in the United States Army. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Special Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights was established in 1997 through a significant gift from the Goldsteins. The couple believes it is important to focus attention on the plight of people around the world who suffer from the abuse of human rights. For over 25 years, Shirley Goldstein devoted her life to promoting human rights around the world, especially in securing freedom for Soviet Jews. Each year, the Goldstein Lecture brings a distinguished scholar or leading expert on human rights to the UNO campus.

Representatives from the departments of philosophy, religion, political science, and international studies serve on the Goldstein Lecture Committee.

     For more information about the Goldstein Lecture, call 402-554-2628 or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/religion/goldstein.home.htm

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