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Former Director of Amnesty International to Present Darfur, U.S. Foreign Policy Lecture

William Schulz, former director of Amnesty InternationalPeacekeeper and protector of human rights Dr. William F. Schulz will speak about the United States' role in foreign affairs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Whitcomb Lee Conservatory.

The former Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (1994-2006) will present "The Final Test: Darfur, Genocide, and the Responsibility to Protect" and will share his experiences visiting Darfur refugee camps.

Schulz's presentation, sponsored by Doane's Public Events Committee, is open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Schulz has traveled the globe in pursuit of a world free from human rights violations. In September 2004, he participated in an Amnesty mission to Darfur, Sudan, to help redress the humanitarian crisis in that region. In 1997, he led an Amnesty mission to Liberia to investigate atrocities committed during the civil war there, and in 1999, he returned to Northern Ireland with Amnesty to push for human rights protections as part of the peace process.

According to The New York Review of Books, June 2002, "William Schulz, the director of Amnesty International USA, has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make  human rights issues known in the United States."

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Schulz was appointed Executive Director of Amnesty International (USA) -- the world's oldest and largest international human rights organization -- in March 1994 after serving for eight years as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. As president of the association, he was involved in a wide variety of international and social justice causes, including coming to the defense of the religious and ethnic minorities in Romania after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu.

As a Senior Fellow at American Progress in Washington, D.C., Schultz now works in the area of religion and public policy and oversees a project designed to provide a blueprint for human rights policy for the next U.S. administration.