The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
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
Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.
books include Internationalism and Its
Betrayal (1995) and The Nationalism
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).
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.