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October 3, 2008

Human Rights Happy Hour: Dan Connell to speak on “From Resistance to Governance: How the EPLF/PFDJ Experience Shapes Eritrea's Regional Strategy,” Monday, October 6, 2008

On October 6, 2008 from 3:30–5:30 PM, in the Sheffield Room at The University of Texas School of Law, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host Dan Connell, who will speak on “From Resistance to Governance: How the EPLF/PFDJ Experience Shapes Eritrea’s Regional Strategy.”

Dan Connell is a Distinguished Lecturer in Journalism and African Politics at Simmons College in Boston, MA. He received his B.A. in English from Hobart College and his Master’s in English from the University at Buffalo. His previous experience includes working as a Middle East Projects Officer for Oxfam America, serving as Executive Director of Grassroots International, and reporting as an independent journalist and photographer. Professor Connell has consulted for a wide spectrum of organizations and events, including the State Department, the UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, the U.S. Committee for Refugees, and Human Rights Watch. His knowledge and experiences led him to publish numerous books and articles on Africa, the plight of refugees, and conflict management.

A two-time MacArthur Foundation grantee, Connell’s recent books include Women-to-Women: Young Americans in South Africa, and Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners. Professor Connell has been invited to lecture around the United States, in London, and in Eritrea, and has been interviewed by major networks and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, the BBC, and CBS-TV’s “Evening News.”

A short abstract of his talk is posted on the Rapoport Center website at: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/speakerseries.html. If you would like to read a copy of Professor Connell’s paper before the presentation, please email Sarah Cline at scline@law.utexas.edu.

For more information on the Rapoport Center’s Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series, including additional upcoming speakers, please visit the website: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/speakerseries.html.

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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Program contact: Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, scline@law.utexas.edu

Media contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, (512) 471-7330, or kfortune@law.utexas.edu