Dr. William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International
USA, will deliver a lecture titled "In Our Own Best Interest:
How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All" Tuesday, Nov.
6, at 8:00 p.m. in Wellesley College's Houghton Memorial Chapel.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored
by the college's Unitarian Universalist Chaplaincy and will
be followed by a book signing.
does all this have to do with a person in East Tennessee?"
is the question from a call-in radio listener that prompted
Schulz to write his most recent book, In Our Own Best Interest:
How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All (Beacon Press,
2001). Schulz understands the arguments of those who disdain
human rights efforts, regarding them as largely moral crusades
that hardly pertain to the everyday lives of Americans. In
his lecture as in his book, he tackles these arguments head-on
by making a passionate and persuasive case for why defending
human rights serves the United States' practical interests
it be war and peace, international trade, economic growth,
the security of jobs, the state of our environment, the public
health, the interdiction of drugs, or a host of other topics,
there is a connection between Americans' own interests and
international human rights," says Schulz.
being appointed executive director of Amnesty International
(USA) in 1994, Schulz has traveled extensively, both in the
US and abroad. In 1997 he led an Amnesty mission to Liberia
to investigate atrocities committed during the civil war there
and returned to Northern Ireland with the human rights organization
in 1999 to insist that human rights protections be incorporated
into the peace process.
Unitarian Universalist minister, he came to Amnesty after
serving 15 years with the Unitarian Universalist Association
of Congregations, the last eight (1985-93) as president. From
1985-93, he also served on the Council of the International
Association for Religious Freedom, the oldest international
interfaith organization in the world. Throughout his career
he has been outspoken in his opposition to the death penalty
and his support for women's rights, gay and lesbian rights,
and racial justice, having organized, participated in demonstrations,
and written extensively on behalf of all four causes.
is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and is chair of the board
of Meadville/Lombard Theological School at the University
of Chicago. He has served on the boards of People for the
American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the
Communitarian Network, and Americans United for the Separation
of Church and State, among others.
is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College and
holds a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago,
a M.A. in theology, and the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from
Meadville/Lombard Theological School. He was awarded an honorary
D.D. from Meadville/Lombard in 1987 and an honorary L.H.D.
from Nova Southeastern University in 1995.
NOTE: Dr. Schulz will be available for interviews on November
6 or in advance of his lecture. If you are interested, please
contact Mary Ann Hill, Wellesley College public information
office, at 781-283-2373 or firstname.lastname@example.org