OMAHA – Theft. Torture. Child labor. Immigration.
These issues, and the challenges in fixing them, will be the topic of this year’s Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights, which is being held on Monday, March 16, on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.
This year’s guest speaker is Angelina Snodgras Godoy, Ph.D., a professor and founding director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington. Godoy’s talk is titled “Rights and Resources: Understanding Contemporary Challenges to Human Rights in Central America.”
The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.
Godoy received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley following years working for Amnesty International with a focus on Latin America. In addition to her work as director for the Center for Human Rights, Godoy teaches courses on human rights in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies and Justice program.
The University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights was established in 2009 and spans each of its three campuses. According to the center’s website, each of the campuses partner together to work with outside partner organizations to place “the resources of the university at the service of real-world social change.”
This year’s event is also particularly special due to a visit to the conference by Peter Jackson, the son of late Washington senator Henry M. Jackson. Sen. Jackson worked closely with Shirley Goldstein on the issues of human rights for Soviet Jews in the 1970s.
Don Goldstein, the son of Shirley and Leonard Goldstein, stated that the event “reconnects the Goldstein and Jackson families in their work to bring attention to human rights issues around the world.”
Jackson will introduce Godoy at the lecture.
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