Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture Series


The Sackler Distinguished Lecture Series was established through a generous endowment given by Raymond and Beverly Sackler. It is designed to bring internationally renowned speakers to the University of Connecticut campus to discuss human rights issues.

About the Sackler’s

The Sackler’s numerous philanthropies include support for galleries and wings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum, the establishing of laboratories and programs at the University of Cambridge, Tel Aviv University, Cornell, Columbia, Yale, Duke, Tufts, and New York University Schools of Medicine, Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (France), and support for archaeological projects in Israel, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Belize.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler have established lecture series in the biomedical sciences and in the physical sciences and mathematics at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Canadian Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Toronto, the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Oslo, and Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Sackler received his bachelor of science degree from New York University. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the Middlesex School of Medicine. Doctor Sackler is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (P) and a Trustee of New York University Medical Center. He is president of The Purdue Frederick Company, a pharmaceutical research, manufacturing and distribution company located in Norwalk, Connecticut, and a founder of pharmaceutical corporations in Great Britain, France, Germany and Canada.

Dr. Sackler has been honored with an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Tel Aviv University, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Raymond Sackler was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur ( France) and Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire ( United Kingdom).

Past Lectures

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

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 21, 1998 “The Peace Process in Northern Ireland”

Senator George J. Mitchell
Former U.S. Senator of Maine

April 11, 2000 “Forensic Science: Using New Tools to Address Human Rights Abuses”

Dr. Henry C. Lee
Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety

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, 2002 “Bioterrorism & Civility”

Dr. Joshua Lederberg
Sackler Foundation Scholar

February 26, 2003 “American Bystanding in an Age of Genocide”

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

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

April 13, 2005 “International Criminal Courts: Worth the Effort?”

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

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

November 7, 2005 “The Lessons of Nuremberg for Today and Tomorrow”

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

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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 October 2, 2007 “Repairing Our Human Rights Reputation”

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

March 3, 2008 “Perplexing Predicaments in Human Rights Law: Women, Terror and Tribunals”

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

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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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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

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

February 28, 2013 “Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights”

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