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UConn Professor to Speak at Eastern on Human Rights

Written by Ed Osborn

Willimantic, CT--Luis van Isschot will speak on human rights activism in Webb Hall 358 at Eastern Connecticut State University from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, April 21.
Van Isschot is assistant professor of history and human rights at the University of Connecticut. For more than a decade he worked internationally supporting human rights advocates in Latin America and elsewhere, mainly with the NGO Peace Brigades International.
Isschot's research seeks to explain the emergence of human rights as a new paradigm of social protest during the Cold War. In 2008 he was full-time coordinator of the "Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations" oral history project.
His current book project, "The Social Origins of Human Rights: Protesting Political Violence in Colombia's Oil Capital, 1919-2010," examines why, how and with what impact people living in conflict areas organize collectively to assert human rights.

Established by Standard Oil in 1919, the oil enclave of Barrancabermeja has long been a critical battleground in Colombia's armed conflict. Drawing on interviews, as well as social movement and legal archives, van Isschot situates the experiences of frontline activists within broader debates on the history of the international movement for human rights.

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