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Stanford's Human Rights Lecture Series Keynote Address: Albie Sachs

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  • Karen Keefer
    *FYI--*You might be interested in attending the keynote address of Stanford s Public Lecture Series, which is free to the public. (See below.) It will be
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      *FYI--*You might be interested in attending the keynote address of
      Stanford's Public Lecture Series, which is free to the public. (See
      below.) It will be held at CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center;
      Stanford from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th.

      *Human Rights Lecture Series Keynote Address: Albie Sachs*

      *"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are
      endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a
      spirit of brotherhood."
      �Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted by the United Nations in 1948

      The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary
      collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a
      series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2013, the program will
      continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century,
      considering both state and non-state actors in securing rights for all.

      The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in
      collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies; the Center on Democracy,
      Development, and the Rule of Law; Stanford Master of Liberal Arts; and the
      United Nations Association Film Festival.

      For more information on the companion course, �International Human Rights:
      Strategy, Struggle, and the Quest for Dignity� with Anupma Kulkarni, please
      visit **the course


      Each year, as part of the Summer Human Rights program, a distinguished
      international human rights advocate is invited to deliver the keynote
      address in the public lecture series. Last summer, for the inauguration of
      the program, we had two keynotes, one by Fatou Bensouda, the first African
      and the first woman to serve as chief prosecutor of the International
      Criminal Court; and the other by Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for *The
      New Yorker*, and author of prize-winning journalism on Rwanda. This summer
      we are honored to host Albie Sachs, a courageous anti-apartheid campaigner
      in South Africa who went on to help draft his country�s first democratic
      constitution, and to serve as a judge on its highest court.

      Sachs�s career in human rights activism started when he was seventeen years
      old, continuing through college and into his law practice in Cape Town
      where he defended people charged under the state�s racist statutes.
      Attracting the displeasure of authorities, Sachs was first subjected to
      �banning laws� restricting his activities, then arrested, and finally put
      into solitary confinement. Upon release from prison, he went into voluntary
      exile but never discontinued his human rights work. In 1988 in Mozambique,
      Sachs was nearly killed when a bomb placed under his car by South African
      agents exploded. He lost an arm and sight in one eye, but emerged from the
      ordeal with renewed idealism for his cause and what he describes as simple
      joy at being alive.

      In 1990, Sachs returned to South Africa, where he worked to draft the
      constitution for the newly democratic country. In 1994, he was appointed by
      Nelson Mandela to the Constitutional Court, where he served as judge until
      2009, writing decisions that changed the face of human rights in South
      Africa, including a decision in favor of same-sex marriage in 2005.

      He is the author of *Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter*, which chronicles
      his response to the 1988 car bombing, and five other books including *The
      Jail Diary of Albie Sachs*, which was dramatized for the Royal Shakespeare
      Company and broadcast by the BBC.

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