Zacher Distinguished Speaker 2019

Alumni are invited to join us for the 2019 Zacher Lecture, with Harvard’s Kathryn Sikkink. Sikkink is perhaps the world’s top scholarly authority on international human rights. The talk will be held evening of Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm in Jack Poole Hall (2nd Floor) . A reception with appetizers and drinks will follow the talk.

Biographical Information on Kathryn Sikkink

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  Sikkink is an international relations scholar best known for her work on human rights, international norms, transnational advocacy networks and social movements, and transitional justice.  Her book Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck) was awarded the Grawemeyer Award and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award). Her 2011 book, The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Center Book Award, and the WOLA/Duke University Award), explores the emergence and impact of individual criminal accountability of state officials for past human rights violations. Sikkink’s latest book Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century (Princeton University Press, 2017) documents the legitimacy and effectiveness of human rights law, institutions, and movements. Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations.  Sikkink holds an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

About the Mark Zacher Distinguished Program

The Mark Zacher Distinguished Visitor Program was created by members of the Department of Political Science, with the support of Mark Zacher’s family and many of his former students, to honour his contribution to the teaching, understanding and scholarship of international affairs.

Annually, we invite one prominent scholar, leader, or senior elected official who has made significant contributions to the field of international affairs to give a series of lectures, and to meet with students, faculty, and community members.

The Program’s lectures provide diverse audiences with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and gain a greater awareness about current issues and topics related to international affairs. The small gatherings within our Department allow for enhanced learning and research opportunities.

About Mark Zacher

Mark Zacher (1938 – 2014) was a beloved Professor in our department for almost 40 years. The Mark Zacher Distinguished Visitor Program was created to honour his contribution to the teaching, understanding and scholarship of international affairs. Annually, we invite one prominent scholar, leader, or senior elected official who has made significant contributions to the field of international affairs to give a series of lectures, and to meet with students, faculty, and community members.

If you are attending the 2019 Zacher Lecture, please fill out the RSVP form below:

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time: 600-8:00 pm

LocationJack Poole Hall