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Executive director of Amnesty International to speak, Nov. 12

William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA , will present a public lecture titled "In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in 301 Frist Campus Center.

Schulz will draw from his most recent book, "In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights Benefits All Americans" (Beacon Press, 2001). In the book, he uses compelling arguments and vivid stories to respond to those who attack the importance of human rights. He maintains that the defense of human rights is essential to the protection of national security, the environment, international investments and public health in the United States. Schulz seeks to reach across political and cultural barriers to find a common strategic goal in human rights that concerns all Americans.

The executive director of Amnesty International USA since 1994, Schulz was appointed after 15 years with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, where he served the last eight years as president. Schulz has traveled extensively during his years with Amnesty International, including a mission to Liberia in 1997 to investigate atrocities committed during the civil war. He also traveled to Northern Ireland in 1999 to insist that human rights protections be incorporated into the peace process.

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Schulz was involved in a wide variety of international and social justice causes as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In 1991, he led the first delegation to post-revolutionary Romania and was instrumental in the subsequent improvement in the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in that country. From 1985 to 1993, he 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 an outspoken opponent to the death penalty and a prime supporter for womens rights, gay and lesbian rights and racial justice.

Schulzs lecture is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry, the Frist Campus Center , the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Princeton University Store , Amnesty International , Group #67-Mercer County, and Princeton University Amnesty International . Immediately following the lecture, Schulz will sign copies of his book.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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