The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
Events for the 2013-14 academic year
Oct. 16, 2013
Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center
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).
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
Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts
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
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- 2013 Gerard Edery, Singer/Guitarist
- 2012 Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
- 2012 Sean Callaghan, Lead Consultant at Strategic Impact
- 2011 Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion and the Media, Syracuse University
- 2011 Leonard Pitts, Jr., Recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and syndicated columnist with the Miami Herald since 1994
- 2010 Rick Nahmias, Photographer, writer, and visual storyteller
- 2010 Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of
Maryland and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban
Center at the Brookings Institution
- 2008 Alan Wolfe, professor of political science and director of the
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College
- 2007 Kevin Phillips, political analyst
- 2006 "In Conversation: An Evening with David Halberstam"
- 2005 Garry Wills: "The Importance of the Enlightenment to America"
- 2004 Reuven Firestone: "God and Allah Need to Talk"
- 2003 Michael Beschloss: "Presidents in Crisis
- 2002 Benjamin Barber
- 2001 Stephen Carter
- 2000 Martin Marty
- 1999 Elie Wiesel
- 1998 William Sloane Coffin
- 1997 Haynes Johnson
- 1996 Morris Dees
- 1995 Jean Bethke Elshtain
- 1994 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
About the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
Norman and Louis Miller
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
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