Jack Healey, former Director of Amnesty International: "Burma and a Lifetime of Human Rights Advocacy"
Join us for a lecture by world-renowned human rights activist and pioneer, Jack Healey, followed by discussion with members of the UCLA community.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
UCLA Law School Room 1327
SPEAKER BIO: Jack Healey is a world-renowned human rightsactivist and pioneer. An effective and innovative leader in the human rights movement for over 47 years, Jack has helped move the topic of human rights from closed-door diplomatic negotiations to widespread awareness, public debate, and direct citizen action. Colleagues credit him with making human rights a major focus of governments, advocacy organizations, and individuals around the world.
Called "Mr. Human Rights" by U.S. News and World Report, Healey’s focus has been on inspiring the youth to support non-violent activism that would push back oppressive governments and societies. He has brought human rights to the global stage by his creative use of media and enlistment of world-class talent as advocates.
Today, Jack heads the Washington, D.C. based Human Rights Action Center (HRAC). In this capacity, he has worked tirelessly for the release and return to power of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma.
His most current projects are: printing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into all passports and bringing. Burma: It Can’t Wait.
From 1977 until 1981 Healey directed the Peace Corps in Lesotho. After finishing his tour with the Peace Corps, he worked as the Director of Amnesty International USA for 12 years. His work at Amnesty brought human rights to the forefront of popular culture by pioneering new ways to deliver the message of human rights to new generations. He brought a new wave of young people into the human rights movement by organizing concerts with well known artists, and by reaching out to high schools and colleges through his motivational speeches.
Healey has received 7 honorary doctorates and spoken in over a thousand colleges and high schools. He has produced 3 music albums and Douye, a documentary on Aung San Suu Kyi.
Op-Ed by Jack Healey: "Shepard Fairey and the Call for Human Rights." Huffington Post. 24 June 2009. Web.
Organizations Organized by Jack Healey:
Cost: Free and open to the public.