The Ogden Lecture at Brown U Features Kenneth T. Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Kenneth T. Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations), and a 1977 Brown graduate, delivered the 89th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs. The lecture took place at the Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium. The name of his lecture was, “Making Sense of Today’s Tumultuous World.”
Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.
Dozens of heads of state, diplomats, and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including Queen Noor of Jordan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, media innovator Ted Turner, astronaut Sen. John Glenn, economist Paul Volcker, Bolivian President Evo Morales, former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and His Highness the Aga Khan.
Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.#