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    October 25, 2022: Annual Human Rights Lecture: Should Conscience be Your Guide?

    Father Kevin Flannery, S.J., delivers the fifth annual Human Rights Lecture. In it he examines the concept of conscience and its basis in synderesis, looking especially at the works of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas More. Watch Here!
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    October 7, 2022: Communism and Human Freedom

    Communism is perhaps the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. It has murdered more innocent people than any political system in history and has imprisoned millions more. In the last century, it threatened to engulf the world, but even today it controls the world's largest nation and threatens to spread. Dr. William Saunders, Director of The Catholic University of America's Center for Human Rights, and Dr. Lee Edwards, Founder of the Victims of Communism Museum, discuss the lessons we can learn from resistance to communism in the past in order to confront and defeat it in the present. Watch Here!
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    May 19, 2022: Tenth Anniversary of Cheng Guangcheng's Arrival in America

    May 2022 marked the tenth anniversary of acclaimed human rights activist Chen Guangcheng's arrival in America. He and his supporters celebrated at The Catholic University of America. Several of them gave testimonials of how they helped facilitate his escape from China to America. View Pictures and Video Here!
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    April 27, 2022: The Inter-American Human Rights System: Challenges to Its Legitimacy and The Road Ahead

    On the afternoon of April 26, The Catholic University of America’s Center for Human Rights and the Law School's Center for Law & the Human Person co-hosted a symposium entitled, The Inter-American Human Rights System: Challenges to Its Legitimacy and The Road Ahead. The event, which took place in Slowinski Courtroom, invited attendees to confront the questions of how to safeguard the legitimacy and authority of the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights to shape the understanding of human rights and freedoms in the Americas after its partial renewal this year. The program began with a brief introduction from William Saunders, Director of the Center for Human Rights, and a warm welcome from Elizabeth Kirk, Director of the Center for Law and the Human Person.  Read more here!
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    October 19, 2021: Annual Human Rights Lecture Ambassador Sam Brownback In Conversation With William Saunders On Human Rights And International Religious Freedom

    In the Fourth Annual Human Rights Lecture, Ambassador Brownback discussed the challenges and opportunities for religious freedom with the William Saunders, Director of the Center and Program in Human Rights. Brownback served as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from February 2018 to January 2021. While a member of the Senate, he was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Ambassador Brownback currently serves as co-chair for the International Religious Freedom Summit and teaches that subject in CUA's Columbus School of Law. Watch Here!

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    October 15, 2020: Annual Human Rights Lecture: The Report of the Unalienable Human Rights Commission

    Kenneth Anderson, Paolo Carozza, and Christopher Tollefsen, members of the Unalienable Rights Commission at the U.S. Department of State, join the IHE’s Director of the Program in Human Rights, William Saunders, J.D., for this conversation. Watch Here!

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    October 9, 2019: Thirty Years after Tiananmen Square: Human Rights in China Today

    Guangcheng Chen, the “barefoot lawyer” who drew worldwide attention to forced abortion in China and who is a tireless advocate of the oppressed in China, will reflect upon developments since the Tiananmen Square protest was crushed by the Communist party. Has the situation deteriorated further? What can be done to protect human rights in China? After his presentation, he will discuss these issues in greater depth with William Saunders, JD, director of the IHE’s Program in Human Rights and director of the Center for Human Rights in the School of Arts and Sciences. After the discussion, the floor will be opened for Q&A. Watch Here!
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    September 25, 2018: A Conversation with Robert George: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    A Conversation with Robert George on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 20 September 2018. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration marked the world’s determination to avoid a third world war by recognizing and protecting universal human rights. Among these rights, it recognized religious freedom as a vital human right. Please join Princeton’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George, who served as Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and William Saunders, Director of the Program in Human Rights, Institute for Human Ecology, and of the Center for Human Rights, School of Arts & Sciences, as they reflect upon human rights and threats thereto in today’s turbulent times. Watch Here!