Law School Will Sponsor Two Major Human Rights Events

The Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School will host two important events this month: a panel on human rights and the media, and a visit by Chinese dissident Wang Dan. Both are free and open to the public.

“Human Rights and the Role of the Media” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4-6 p.m. in Room 122 of Yale Law School at 127 Wall St. Participating panelists will be: William Finnegan, staff writer with The New Yorker; Ed Vulliamy, writer for The Guardian, Britain’s second-oldest national daily newspaper; Orville H. Schell III, dean of the School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley; and Allen Hunter, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and co-director of MediaVision, a public relations and media advocacy group.

Chinese dissident Wang Dan will speak on “Human Rights Activism in China: An Eyewitness Account” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:15-5:45 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School at 127 Wall St.

Wang Dan was one of the leaders of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989. Jailed for nearly four years, he became one of China’s principal human rights advocates after his 1993 release from prison. In 1996 he was arrested again and convicted of “conspiring to subvert the government” because of his actions to promote democracy and human rights. Wang was released on medical parole and exiled to the United States in April of this year.

The Schell Center was established in 1989 to further scholarship, education, and advocacy in the human rights arena. It was named for Orville Schell, the vice chairman of Helsinki Watch and chairman of Americas’ Watch from its founding in 1981 until his death in 1987. Its director is Harold Hongju Koh, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.

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