by Aaron Ysaac, MA in Global Development and Peace
On April 25, 2018, Alpha Gamma Pi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha held its 12th Annual Colloquium at the Tower Room, Arnold Bernhard Center in University of Bridgeport. Two guest speakers gave a critical appraisal of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR), in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary. The colloquium was funded by a competitive Chapter Activity Grant from the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha.
Dr. Lembe Tiky, Director of Academic Programming at International Studies Association and Professor at University of Connecticut, briefly shared the history and adoption of the UDHR, including the leadership and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt towards the establishment of the Commission of Human Rights, and also highlighted the influence of UDHR in ratification of Member states in human rights treaties.
Dr. Jan Hessbruegge, Human Rights Officer at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), addressed progress of the UDHR through the role of OHCHR in reporting on human rights violations.
The colloquium was moderated by Professor William Lay, J.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Human Security, and Chair of the MA in Criminal Justice and Human Security program.
The audience comprised students and faculty at University of Bridgeport.