50 Years Amnesty International

50 Years:  Amnesty International

& Human Rights Advocacy


December 8, 2011


Jerome Greene Annex

410 West 117th Street

Columbia University Law School

Amnesty International celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011. Columbia University Libraries' Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research (CHRDR) hosts an afternoon of panel discussions exploring two issues central to the work of Amnesty International and its USA Section. Panelists reflect upon the history AI-USA's campaigns and strategies and discuss the present and future of human rights advocacy.

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3:00-3:15 p.m.  |  Opening Remarks

James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University

Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director, AIUSA

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.  |  Panel I -  On Torture

Sowore Omoyele of Nigeria, Former Prisoner of Conscience
Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights
Dr. Allen Keller, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Moderator:  Jerald Albarelli, Columbia Center for Oral History

4:45 – 6:00 p.m.  |  Panel 2 -   On Capital Punishment

Laura Moye, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, AIUSA
Lawrence Hayes, former inmate on death row and co-founder, Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Vincent Southerland, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: J. Paul Martin, Director, Human Rights Concentration, Barnard College

6:00pm  |  Reception    AIUSA Archives Exhibit and AIUSA Write-a-thon

Co-SponsorsAmnesty International USA, the Human Rights Institute at the Columbia Law School, the Columbia Center for Oral History, and the Friends of the Columbia Libraries

DirectionsFrom Broadway and W. 116th Street-- Enter the Columbia campus through the large gates. Continue walking across campus and exit through the Amsterdam Avenue gates. Cross Amsterdam Avenue and continue walking along the north side of W. 116th Street. Pass the Jerome Greene HALL on your left and continue until you see a set of gates on your left. Enter the courtyard and follow the courtyard around to the right. The Jerome Greene Annex will be on your right, before you reach the Columbia Faculty House.


Free and Open to the Public-- no Registration Required


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