President’s Update — October 10, 2006 — Symposium on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Since we adopted our mission to prepare world citizens through global education in 2000, we have offered many dynamic programs that provide our students international perspectives and global insights. What we have prepared for next week, however, will be a landmark event. I am so impressed with the content and presenters that I believe it will set a renewed foundation for academic activities and further advance our reputation across the higher education landscape.

Sponsored by the Office of Global Learning, the University will host a two-day Symposium on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution that will feature leading scholars and practitioners in these critical fields. The symposium will be held on Tuesday, October 17, at the College at Florham and Wednesday, October 18, at the Metropolitan Campus. Keynote addresses, plenary lectures and multiple workshops will be held on a wide variety of subjects, including the war on terrorism, the realities of torture, child soldiers, student activism, gender and human rights, genocide in Darfur, strategies for peace-making in Israel/Palestine and many others.

Two keynote speakers will set the stage: Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, and Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the under-secretary-general for political affairs at the United Nations. Overall, we will have nearly 50 presenters in 24 different sessions!  I am particularly pleased that alumnus Reed Brody, the advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, will be with us on Tuesday.

We’re especially proud to have so many Fairleigh Dickinson faculty and students participating in the symposium and so many FDU volunteers working feverishly to plan the event. While the symposium is designed primarily to inform students about these vital subjects, it also offers them opportunities to make a difference. Four of the workshops, in fact, will be run by students and for students. In addition, the symposium will encourage students to join new clubs, sign petitions, look for internships and make their voices heard.

The program is open to the entire community, but you must register. I urge my faculty colleagues to encourage your students to participate. To see the calendar of events and to register go to

This wonderful event promises to be a historic contribution to the University’s rich legacy of global programs. I hope to see you there!

Thank you,
Michael Adams