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October 11, 2011 > Amnesty International lecture series

Amnesty International lecture series

Submitted By Kavita Jain

Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) Chapter of Amnesty International has organized a lecture series on their Fremont campus. The goal of the lecture series is to create awareness in students and the community at large on human rights issues faced in our society and globally. It is hoped that this awareness will lead to further engagement and activism in promoting human rights throughout the world. All lectures have open admission, with no entrance fee, and take place after regular school hours.

The first series of lectures will be held on the following dates, at 3 p.m., at the MSJHS campus:
Friday, October 14 - Min Zin, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, October 19 - Dr. Michele Elam, Stanford University
Wednesday, October 26 - Dr. Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University

All speakers are highly accomplished scholars, and experts in their respective fields.

Min Zin is an instructor responsible for International Visiting Scholars' Program at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Journalism. He has long been actively engaged in the democracy movement in Burma, and has published extensively on this topic. He will speak about his personal experiences while in Burma and Thailand, and discuss the future of Burmese democracy movement.

Dr. Michele Elam is the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of English at Stanford University, and the author of The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium (Stanford University Press, 2011). The title of Professor Elam's talk will be, "The Civil Rights of Mixed Folk"?

Professor Jimenez works in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, and is the author of Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans Immigration and Identity (U of California Press, 2010). He will be speaking on unauthorized immigration and its impact on human rights.

Kavita Jain, vice president of the Mission San Jose Chapter of Amnesty International is spearheading and organizing this lecture series. She can be reached at (510) 673-2627 or for more information.

MSJHS Amnesty International lecture series
Wednesday, October 12; Friday, October 14; Wednesday, October 19; Wednesday, October 26
3 p.m.
Mission San Jose High School
41717 Palm Ave., Fremont
October 12 and October 26 meetings in "A-wing" cafeteria
October 14 meeting in C120 Auditorium
Free of charge and open to the community
Information: (510) 673-2627 or

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