Written by Rebecca Holdridge
Willimantic, Conn. The Peace and Human Rights Committee (PHRC) at Eastern Connecticut State University will host the panel, "Ambassadors for Peace and Human Rights" at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room in the J. Eugene Smith Library. President Elsa Nunez will welcome the audience and greet the presenters.
Eudora Pettigrew, a retired member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and former chair of the IAUP United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace, and Charles Prewitt, professor emeritus who taught Peace and Human Rights for several years at Eastern, are the featured speakers. Pettigrew will discuss universal disarmament, while Prewitt will speak on his involvement with the "Manhattan Project."
Other speakers include Political Science Professor Christopher Vasillopulos, who will speak about "The Power State and Human Rights"; Mary Curran, associate professor of geography, who will discuss "Human-Animal Relations: Situational Ethics Rather than Rights"; Gail Gelburd, professor and chair of the Visual Arts Department, who will discuss "The Art of Social Commentary"; English Professor Raouf Mama, who will speak on "From Dictatorship to Democracy: The Beninese Experience"; Nicole Krassas, professor of political science, who will discuss "Women's Rights as Human Rights"; Stacey Close, professor of history, who will share "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Human Rights in the United States"; Philosophy Professor Hope Fitz, who will discuss "Spreading Gandhi's Belief in and Practice of Ahimsa and his Saryagrah"; and David McLeod, a graduate student who will lecture on "Transphobia: Is it Fear or Hate?" Executive Vice President Michael Pernal will moderate the panel.