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IPJ Photo Exhibit Spotlights Human Rights Violations in China, Darfur

The photos that line the walls of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) galleries show a different sight of the Beijing currently hosting the 29th Olympic Games. The Bird’s Nest stadium is there, but exhibit organizers also show the detailed process to complete it and other facilities, including remnants of demolished villages and the living conditions of migrant workers brought in to complete the work. 

The exhibit, "China’s Olympian Human Rights Challenges," will be on display starting at noon today through Nov. 8. It’s presented by international advocacy organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), and is a bold collection of recent photos from China illuminating some of the human rights issues spotlighted by the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, also includes a photographic tour of human rights issues around the globe, including genocide, domestic slavery, migrant labor, exploitation by extractive industries, civilian casualties of armed conflict, and more. The exhibit is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12 – 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Diego is the second stop on the national tour of the exhibit.

Accompanying the exhibit will be two speakers highlighting the issue of human rights violations in China. Carroll Bogert, associate director for HRW will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 17, 2008. She will discuss “Human Rights in Post-Olympics China: Has Anything Changed?” she will be followed by Minky Worden, HRW media director, on Nov. 6, who will speak on “China’s Great Leap.” Worden is also the co-author a new book of the same name. The book examines the social and political challenges facing Beijing.

For more information on the photo exhibit, or upcoming speakers, go to http://peace.sandiego.edu.

About The University of San Diego

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is part of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. The institute is dedicated to fostering peace, cultivating justice and creating a safer world through education, research, and peacemaking activities.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.

Contact:

Liz Harman
eharman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4682