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Fish-Harnack Lecture to feature expert on human rights, immigration/refugee law

Obiora Chinedu Okafor, a respected academic on international, human rights, and immigration/refugee law, will deliver the 2015 Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture.

Obiora Chinedu Okafor

Obiora Chinedu Okafor

Okafor, professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, will speak on “The International Law of Secession and the Protection of the Human Rights of Oppressed Sub-State Groups: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” on Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m., in the AT&T Room, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Okafor, a native of Nigeria, currently chairs the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, a Geneva-based committee of experts elected by the Human Rights Council to serve as its think tank and principal subsidiary organ.

Sponsored by the UW–Madison Human Rights Program, Division of International Studies, and African Studies Program, this event is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the lecture.

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Global Youth Summit generates ideas for raising global awareness

Incorporating international news reports into school-wide announcements, having high school students give language lessons to elementary students, and hosting international dinners for the community are among the ideas for increasing global awareness offered by high school students at the 2015 Wisconsin Global Youth Summit.

The Wisconsin Global Youth Summit brought approximately 170 students from more than 35 high schools across Wisconsin, accompanied by more than 60 teachers, to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Saturday, February 28, for a day of sessions aimed at promoting their growth as global citizens.

The summit was co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Division of International Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Participating UW–Madison units include the Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) Program, International Reach (International Student Services), Language Institute, and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC).

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