Human Rights Awareness

Published on Wed, August 27, 2008

Campus Focus This Fall

Human Rights Awareness


Human Rights awareness will receive special emphasis on campus this fall, anchored by two key events. In late October, the University's fall academic convocation will include a special dramatic presentation focused on world-wide human rights activism. Then, in November, during Thanksgiving break, our campus will be transformed into an international forum as the University hosts the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom, a three-day meeting among delegates from around the globe.


Speak Truth to Power Centerpiece of Fall Convocation

For students, the opportunity to engage in human rights awareness will be highlighted at Fall Convocation, Friday, October 24, with a special Marywood University theatrical presentation of "Speak Truth to Power," a compelling play spoken through the voices of human rights activists around the world.  A preview performance will also be presented Thursday, October 23, at 9 p.m. Both events will be held in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. (Note: Fall Convocation original date of September 19 has been changed to October 24.)


Human Rights and Religious Freedom Conference during Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break will begin earlier than usual this year (at the conclusion of classes on Saturday, November 22), so that the University can host a conference of delegates from nations across the globe to discuss legislative opportunities to improve human rights and religious freedom. During the break, Marywood University will be the setting for scores of lawmakers and diplomats from around the world gathering for the sixth annual Inter-parliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom, November 23-25, 2008. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and 2008, the conference is the creation of Joseph Grieboski, a Northeast Pennsylvania native, Founder and President of the Washington DC-based Institute on Religion and Public Policy. Mr. Grieboski was the keynote speaker and an honorary degree recipient at Marywood's 2008 Commencement. The conference will provide a forum for the diplomats to discuss human rights, sovereignty, security, wealth and poverty, environmental protection, and extremism. Held in the past in Rome, Brussels, and Washington, D.C., the conference will bring international attention to Marywood University and Northeast Pennsylvania.