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Human Rights Lecture Set for Feb. 28

President Mahdavi

University of La Verne  President Pardis Mahdavi, PhD, will share her experiences and insights on human rights and social justice at this year’s  10th Annual Fredrick Douglass Lecture hosted by College of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, February 28 from 4-5 p.m. in the Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium.

The event was created to honor the values of advocacy, social justice, and human rights that civil rights leader and activist Frederick Douglass fought for during his lifetime. Throughout the years, distinguished guests have been invited to use this platform to speak about their life and research that helps inform the subjects that drive them. 

This year, President Madhavi, a globally recognized and accomplished author, speaker and leader, was selected to share her perspectives about prevalent social justice topics she has researched and studied throughout her personal, professional, and academic journeys. Some of these topics include human rights, human trafficking, gendered labor, migration, and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. Prior to joining  the University of La Verne, Madhavi served as provost and executive vice president at the University of Montana. She previously held deanships at Arizona State University and the University of Denver, as well as several leadership positions at Pomona College. Additionally, Madhavi published seven single-authored books on her research, including Gridlock and From Trafficking to Terror, both of which will be available to sign after her lecture.

This event is free and open to the public.