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Religious Studies

2014
Human Rights and the Rights of Nature in an Era of Climate, Energy, Food and Water Crises
Winona LaDuke

2013
What Makes a Family? Is Same Sex Marriage a Human Right?
Zach Wahls

2011
The Black Swan of the Middle East
Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division Human Rights Watch
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2010
Are Human Rights Organizations Helping or Hurting Relations between Israel, Palestine and the Arabs?

Robert L. Bernstein, Publisher and Human Rights Activist
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2009
Hope for Darfur

Brian Steidle, former Marine Captain and executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere)
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2008
An Evening with Minky Worden
Minky Worden, Media Director Human Rights Watch
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2007
An Evening with Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Institute for Strategic Studies, The Shalem Center
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2006
Human Rights in Development Competing Claims and Economic Empowerment
Stephen P. Marks, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights
Harvard School of Public Health and Visiting Professor, School of Law City University of Hong Kong
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2005
Genocide Emergency Sudan: Who will survive today?

Jerry Fowler, J.D. Staff Director Committee on Conscience, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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2004
Human Rights: Morality versus Power
David Chandler, Senior Lecturer Centre for the Study of Democracy University of Westminster, London
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2003
Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights
Dr. William Schulz, Executive Director, Amnesty International
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2002
Easy Targets: Children and Human Rights
Jo Becker, Children's Rights Division Advocacy Director Human Rights Watch
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2001
China's Great Leap: What Olympic Legacy for Human Rights in China?
Lashawn R. Jefferson, Director of the Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
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2000
An Evening with Kenneth Roth
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director Human Rights Watch
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1999
On the tenth anniversary of the crackdown at Tiananmen Square
Xiao Qiang, Champion of Democracy
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Goldsteins

The Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights was established in 1997 through a significant gift from Shirley and Leonard Goldstein. The Goldstein Lecture brings to the UNOmaha campus each year a distinguished scholar or leading expert on human rights. Goldstein Lecturers are expected to represent a wide range of views on a variety of human rights issues. The Lecture will be available both to UNOmaha students and the Metropolitan Omaha community.

For over 25 years, Shirley Goldstein has devoted her life to promoting human rights around the world and especially to securing freedom for Soviet Jews. Operating on her conviction that one person can make a difference, Shirley Goldstein did just that--she made a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals persecuted by the Soviet Union and other governments. She has also inspired others to take up the cause of freedom and human rights. Always supported by her husband, Leonard, Shirley made numerous trips to the Soviet Union to meet with Soviet dissidents and refuseniks, including Anatoly Sharansky. Together, the Goldsteins established the Lecture to focus attention on the plight of people around the world who suffer from the abuse of human rights.

The Goldstein Lecturer is selected by a committee representing philosophy, religion, political science, and international studies.