January 8, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602, birkelan@vancouver.wsu.edu
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- When students at Washington State University at Vancouver decided they wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they went right to the top, arranging to bring some of the world's most renowned human rights speakers to Vancouver.
        Chinese dissident Harry Wu, holocaust survivor Zev Kedem and human rights speaker Michael Parenti are all part of the WSU Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Series set to begin this month.
        The series kicks off Jan. 28 with Parenti, an author and speaker whose "Study in Hypocrisy" lecture will compare and contrast American democracy and human rights policies with its actual activities. Free and open to the public, the series is sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. Each lecture in the series begins at 7 p.m. in the WSU Vancouver Lecture Hall. Seating for each lecture is limited to 200.
        On Feb. 18, holocaust survivor Zev Kedem will speak about his experiences in six different Nazi concentration camps. As an 11-year-old boy, Kedem was among the 1,100 "Schindlerjuden" whose lives were saved by Nazi industrialist Oskar Schindler. Today a documentary filmmaker who consulted on, and appeared in, the Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List," Kedem will share his true story of survival
        The third and final installment in the series is set for April 15, featuring Chinese dissident Harry Wu. Wu will discuss his experiences as a political prisoner, and his repeated efforts to return to China to document slavery and other human rights abuses. Wu is the author of "Bitter Winds," an account of his imprisonment and survival as a political prisoner in China. He will also discuss his book "Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty," in which he explains why he willingly returns to a country that has alternately arrested, imprisoned and expelled him.
        The lecture series is sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. For additional information about the series, contact the Office of Campus Advancement at 360/546-9600 or the student government office at 360/546-9520.


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