Past Lectures

April 9, 2015

“Speak Truth to Power”

Dramatic reading of excerpts from the play Speak Truth To Power: Voice from Beyond the Dark by Ariel Dorfman based on the book by Kerry Kennedy with photographs by Eddie Adams.

Keynote Lecture from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

February 28, 2013

“Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights”

John G. RuggieBerthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

April 21, 2011

“International Justice, Transitional Justice: What Have We Learned About What “Works”?”

Dr. Diane Orentlicher, Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State

October 22, 2009

“Are American’s Human?: An Ex-Patriot’s guide to the Future of Progressive Politics in the U.S.”

Dorothy Q. Thomas, School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London

October 20, 2009

“Passionate Politics: The Intersection of Gender, Culture, and Human Rights”

Dr. Charlotte Bunch, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University

March 31, 2009

“‘The Last, Best Hope of Earth?’ American Democracy and the Right to Vote in Historical Perspective”

Dr. Adam Fairclough, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Professor of American History and Culture, Leiden University

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March 3, 2008

“Perplexing Predicaments in Human Rights Law: Women, Terror and Tribunals”

The Honorable Patricia Wald, Former Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Chair, Open Society Institute’s Criminal Justice Initiative

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October 2, 2007

“Repairing Our Human Rights Reputation”

Dr. Harold Koh, Dean, Yale Law School; Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

October 25, 2006

“Human Rights and State Responsibility” 

James Crawford, Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge; Director of the Lauterpacht Center for International Law, University of Cambridge

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November 7, 2005

“The Lessons of Nuremberg for Today and Tomorrow”

Benjamin B. Ferencz, Lawyer; Prosecuting attorney at the Nuremberg Trials

October 6, 2005

“A Jewish Lobby at Nuremberg, 1945-1946”

Michael R. Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, Massey College, University of Toronto

April 13, 2005

“International Criminal Courts: Worth the Effort?”

Nina Bang-Jensen, Executive Director of the Coalition for International Justice

September 9, 2004

“The Lesser Evil: Hard Choices in the War on Terror”

Michael Ignatieff, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

February 26, 2003

“American Bystanding in an Age of Genocide”

Samatha Power, Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

April 11, 2002

“Bioterrorism & Civility”

Dr. Joshua Lederberg, Sackler Foundation Scholar

October 30, 2001

“The Mobilization of Shame: A World View of Human Rights”

Fr. Robert F. Drinan, S.J.Professor of Law, Georgetown University

April 11, 2000

“Forensic Science: Using New Tools to Address Human Rights Abuses”

Dr. Henry C. LeeCommissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety

October 21, 1998

“The Peace Process in Northern Ireland”

Senator George J. MitchellFormer U.S. Senator of Maine

April 23, 1997

“Human Rights: The Challenge of Relativism”

Bernard Williams, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge; Monroe Deutsch Professor of Philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley

October 16, 1996

“The Nobel Peace Prize and the World Struggle for Human Rights”

Francis Sejersted, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Chair of the Foundation for Norwegian-Danish Cooperation;
Director of the University of Oslo’s Centre for Technology and Culture