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Claude_Welch_picJoin us Monday, March 7 in the Science Hall Commons at 5:00 p.m. for an exploration of human rights featuring student presentations and a lecture by world-renowned scholar Claude Welch, PhD, of the University at Buffalo. The event will include information on human rights issues, short presentations by Canisius College students and Dr. Welch’s keynote address, “The Neglected Side of Human Rights: From FDR to Pope Francis,” as well as refreshments. The event is organized and co-sponsored by the Model United Nations Diplomacy Organization (MUNDO) and Peace Action-Canisius College. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the most respected voices in the world in the area of human rights, Claude Welch, PhD, has been a faculty member at the University at Buffalo since 1964. A prolific and influential scholar, Welch’s research focuses on human rights and human rights organizations, particularly in Africa, and on the political roles of armed forces. Among his books are Human Rights and Development in Africa, NGOs and Human Rights: Promise and Performance, Protecting Human Rights in Africa: Roles and Strategies of Non-Governmental Organizations, and Economic Rights in Canada and the United States. Welch has served on the Board of Human Rights Watch/Africa, an international human rights monitoring group and has helped conduct several investigations and reports that have significantly improved attention to human rights in Africa. He has also consulted with the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, USAID and UNESCO, among other organizations and agencies.

For more information about the conference, please contact Desmond Metzger at or Megan Poynter at

Submitted by: Jonathan M. DiCicco, associate professor, political science and director, international relations