The Parish Academy of Global Studies (AGS) is pleased to present Mr. Rick Halperin as part of its Distinguished Speakers for the 2015-2016 school year. Mr. Halperin will speak at Parish on April 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Pearlman AB. He will present on the "The Meaning and Purpose of Global Human Rights."
Mr. Halperin began teaching human rights courses in 1990 in the William P. Clements Department of History at SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was chosen as director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU and began overseeing its academic program, planning its free public events and developing a wide array of human rights-focused trips.
Halperin has held many leadership positions in human rights and social justice organizations. During his more than 40-year affiliation with Amnesty International USA, he has served as chair of its board of directors three times. He has also served on the boards of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Center for Survivors of Torture, the International Rescue Committee and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He has participated in a U.N. human rights delegation that inspected Irish prison conditions in Dublin and Belfast as well as in delegations monitoring human rights in El Salvador and Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza.
Please RSVP to Jenny Lewis for this event.