PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Kenneth T. Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch and a 1977 Brown graduate, will deliver the 89th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. His talk, “Making Sense of Today’s Tumultuous World,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer St. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Brown, Roth went on to attend Yale Law School. He received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Brown in 2011. Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.
More information about Roth is available on the Ogden Lecture website.
The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture
Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.
Dozens of heads of state, diplomats, and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including Queen Noor of Jordan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, media innovator Ted Turner, astronaut Sen. John Glenn, economist Paul Volcker, Bolivian President Evo Morales, former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and His Highness the Aga Khan.