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Human Rights Work: Conversation with Eric Stover, human rights activist and writer, 2/16/99 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Eric Stover, Director of the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health. Eric has served as Executive Director of the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights. He is the author of numerous books including Witnesses from the Graves, The Breaking of Bodies and Minds, and most recently, The Graves: An Account of Human Rights Violations in the former Yugoslavia.

  1. Background ... formative experience ... influential authors ... applying the tools of science
  2. The Evolution of Human Rights Work ... Argentinian mothers ... interdisciplinary team of investigators ... unlikely debt to Nixon ... political terror
  3. The New World Disorder ... internal conflicts ... Milosevic and Tudjman
  4. Human Rights Work ... what it takes ... internationalization of the movement ... the communications revolution
  5. Evidence in the Human Rights Process ... types and uses ... transformation of the experts ... justice versus reconciliation
  6. Responses to Human Rights Violations ... the failure of institutional responses ... the process of reconstruction ... the case of the landmines campaign
  7. The Future of the Human Rights Movement ... heeding warning signs ... how students can prepare for human rights work ... a hopeful absurdist

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