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Micheline Ishay

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
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

October 16, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

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. 

 Her other books include Internationalism and Its Betrayal (1995) and The Nationalism Reader (1995). 

Professor Ishay was executive director of the Center on Rights Development (1993-99) and founding director of The Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East (1997-98). In 2008, she was named the University of Denver Distinguished Scholar. 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.

Teaching political science, research methods and human rights in Abu Dhabi for the last three years and traveling throughout the Middle East, she enjoyed a remarkable vantage point from which to study the revolutionary change in the Arab world. Having lived in Israel, Europe, the United States, and the Arab Middle East, Professor Ishay continues to present her research internationally.

In addition to English, Professor Ishay is fluent in French, Italian, and Hebrew, and also speaks German, Spanish and Arabic.

This event will take place on October 16, 7pm in the Fort Howard Theater.

This lecture is sponsored by the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at St. Norbert College. For more information call Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919.


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