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2011.08.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is Oct. 25

Omaha - Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2011 Goldstein Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Her topic will be the “The Black Swan of the Middle East.” Whitson will discuss Syria, as well as the turbulence/impact on other countries. Her frame of analysis is the post-revolution countries (Egypt/Tunisia), the countries still in play (Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain) and the countries that have avoided mass uprisings.

Whitson is a general expert on Middle East and North Africa issues. She has led landmark investigations of human rights conditions in Libya and Saudi Arabia and numerous advocacy missions in the region, and overseen more than 20 research missions and edited the resulting reports.

She has published articles on the Middle East in international and regional publications. Prior to her work at Human Rights Watch, she conducted several human rights missions in region, including missions examining the impact of war and sanctions on the Iraqi civilian population, elections in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, and human rights issues in southern Lebanon.

Whitson is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the Harvard Law School. She also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan think tank that serves as a resource for government, business and others interested in foreign affairs. Other members of the Council include Nebraska's Chuck Hagel, ESPN's Fareed Zakaria, NBC's Brian Williams and actress Angelina Jolie.

For more information on the Goldstein Lecture, contact William L. Blizek: (402) 554-3347 or wblizek@unomaha.edu.

The lecture is sponsored by the Religious Studies Program at UNO.

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