St. Norbert College
St. Norbert College
(Students, faculty and staff) mySNC -
- -
- About SNC | A to Z Index | Directory -



The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

Events for the 2013-14 academic year



Oct. 16, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

Micheline Ishay
Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 

Changing Seasons in the Middle East: The Impact on Human Rights"

Micheline Ishay is Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a leading political philosopher and historian whose most recent work has focused on challenges to democratic transition in the Middle East.

Founder of the University of Denver’s Human Rights Masters Degree Program, which she directed from 1995 to 2010, Professor Ishay is especially known for her expertise in the study of human rights. Her book, The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era (2004, 2008) was ranked by the Philadelphia Inquirer as among one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2004; it has been translated into multiple languages and is widely regarded as a classic in the field. Likewise, her Human Rights Reader (1997, 2007) established a working canon for the study of human rights in universities around the world. She has held visiting professorships at the University of Maryland’s Center for Democracy Collaborative (2004), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2006), and most recently Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2010-13).
Professor Ishay’s topic for this lecture, “Changing Seasons in the MIddle East: The Impact on Human Rights,” draws on her current book project: The Levant Express: Revolutionary Transformations in the Middle East. 


February 27, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Walter Theatre,
Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts

Eboo Patel
Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

"Interfaith Leadership on America's Sacred Ground"

Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement. Eboo's core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, and is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio and CNN. He is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Recent past lectures

For more information on the the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding, please contact the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at or call Catherine at 920-403-3919.

Norman MillerNorman Miller
Norman and Louis Miller

About the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

The Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding was established at St. Norbert College in 1993 by the Norman Miller Family Foundation in honor of the life of Louis Miller, a native of Green Bay who died in 1989. At that time, Norman Miller, an area developer and longtime advocate for human rights, stated, "I am pleased that my brother's name will be memorialized through a continuing series [of lectures] at St. Norbert College that will promote peace and better understanding." When Norman himself passed away in 2008, his name was added to the title of these annual lectures.

Continuing the legacy of the men for which it is named, the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding promotes unity, communication and tolerance among different cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions. The lecture series celebrates human dignity and encourages better understanding between people, both domestically and internationally.

Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding

Phone: (920) 403-3881
Fax: (920) 403-4088

St. Norbert College • 100 Grant Street • De Pere, WI 54115-2099 • 920-337-3181