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Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights


The Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights

The Gladstein Visiting Professor is a distinguished scholar with an international standing in the study of human rights, who participates in a 10 day visit to the Human Rights Institute. During that time, he or she delivers a major public lecture, teaches a seminar in his or her specialty, and consults with the faculty and graduate students of the research programs.


Historical Foundations

Gary Gladstein (BA, CLAS, ’66 & ‘08H)  is the retired Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Soros Fund Management LLC. He received a BA in Economics from UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1966 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1968. He is an Emeritus member of the UConn Foundation Board having served on the Board from 1998-2008. He received an honorary degree from UConn at the May 2008 Commencement.

Mr. Gladstein has been active with various non-profit boards including: Soros Fund Charitable Foundation, The Abraham Fund, The Hebrew Free Loan Society, The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding,  OneVoice Movement, and the B’nai Brith Youth Organization.

Mr. Gladstein lives in Greenwich, CT and has two children. He is an 1881 Circle member of the Founders Society. He has established numerous funds at the University including the Marsha Lilien Gladstein Human Rights Fund, the Marsha Lilien Visiting Professor in Human Rights, The Gladstein Professorship of Information Technology and Innovation, and the Judi and Gary Gladstein Distinguished Chair in Human Rights.

“I am very pleased to honor my late wife, Marsha Gladstein, in this way, Marsha majored in early elementary education and started her career as a kindergarten teacher in the Bridgeport public school system. Education and human rights were very important to her, and I hope that the Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professorship in Human Rights will help make a contribution to educating future generations about the importance of human rights. The gift to UConn is very appropriate because it is the place where we met, and the University always had a special place in our hearts.”  Gary Gladstein, April 12, 1999


Spring 2016, Alicia Ely Yamin

Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH is a Lecturer on Law and Global Health, Director of the joint JD/MPH program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Policy Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Associated Researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway. Yamin’s more than twenty-year career at the intersection of health, human rights and development has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011, Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she served as Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw all of the organization’s field investigations, and on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yamin has published widely relating to health and human rights, in both English and Spanish, and has been awarded multiple distinctions in respect of her work on health and human rights, particularly in the field of reproductive and sexual health and rights. She frequently consults for UN and other global agencies, including serving as the lead consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the application of rights-based approaches to the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, which was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2012. In 2015, she was appointed by the Constitutional Implementation Committee of Kenya as only non-Kenyan on the Oversight Committee regarding activities to Implement Rights-based Approaches to Health Services Delivery. She regularly advises on strategic litigation and conducts training for both lawyers and judiciaries regarding the enforcement of health-related rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.

Alicia Ely Yamin will give a lecture on Tuesday, March 1st at 4 pm in the Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center. The lecture is entitled “Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity:
Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter.”

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and history at Harvard University. He recently left Columbia University, where he taught for thirteen years in the history department, ending as James Bryce Professor of European Legal History. His books include “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History” (2010) and, most recently, “Human Rights and the Uses of History.” He is an editor of “Humanity,” an interdisciplinary journal concerning human rights, humanitarianism and development.

Samuel Moyn will give a lecture on Tuesday, October 28th at 4 pm in the Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center. The lecture is titled, “The Political Origins of Global Justice”.

Predrag Dojčinović, War Crimes expert at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former YugoslaviaSince 1998, Dojčinović has been working in the linguistic, analytical and research section of the Office of the Prosecutor at ICTY. He has authored numerous articles and has edited several volumes on the cultural and political aspects of the 1991-99 series of armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. He most recently published Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law, which addresses the emerging jurisprudence and international law concerning propaganda in war crimes investigations and trials.
Predrag Dojčinović, War Crimes expert at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, will present a talk titled:
“The Chameleon of Mens Rea and the Shifting Guises of Genocidal Intent in International Criminal Proceedings” on Thursday, April 03, 2014

Carol AndersonEmory University,  Associate Professor, African American studies and History College of Arts and Sciences.

Carol Anderson is associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University, where she teaches courses in 20th Century African American History, Human rights, Transnational Freedom Struggles, and Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism. She completed her Masters in Political Science at Miami University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, as well as her Ph.D in History at The Ohio State University.

Her research focuses predominately on the relationship between domestic and international policies, and race, justice and equality in the United States. Her research has garnered substantial fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center and many more. Her publications include the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Award winning book Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955. She is also working on a second book, Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 which acknowledges the important role that the nation’s civil rights organizations play in the fight for the liberation of peoples of color in Africa and Asia.

Professor Anderson has served on working groups dealing with race, minority rights, and criminal justice at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, as well as previously served as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee.

She has also received numerous teaching awards, including the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the Mizzou Class of ’39 Outstanding Faculty Award, the Most Inspiring Professor Award from the Athletic Department, the Gold Chalk Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, and the Provost’s Teaching Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty.

As the Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Professor Anderson will taught a graduate level course titled: Seminar in Variable Topics: Human Rights and American Exceptionalism (Spring 2013- HRTS 5899). She also delivered the keynote Gladstein Lecture on February 20th at the Dodd Center, Storrs, CT.

Fall 2011 Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, Purchase College, State University of New York
Fall 2010 Ariella Azoulay, Director of Photo-Lexic, International Research Group, Minerva Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
Fall 2009 David L. Richards, University of Connecticut
Fall 2008 Zakes Mda, Ohio University
Fall 2007 David P. Forsythe, University of Nebraska
Fall 2006 Ruti Teitel, New York Law School
Spring 2006 Elizabeth Jelin, Sociologist and researcher at CONICET (National Council for Science and Technology) of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fall 2004 Michael Freeman, University of Essex, UK Celina Romany, Inter-American University School of Law, Puerto Rico
Fall 2003 Leslye Obiora, Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Fall 2002 Jack Donnelly, University of Denver
Fall 2001 Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Fall 2000 Wiktor Osiatynski, Open Society Institute