China and the Olympics: What Now?

Human Rights Watch Official Addresses China Then and Now

The Olympic Games in China recently put that country in an international spotlight that went beyond the athlete’s village and Bird’s Nest stadium. There were questions regarding the country’s social and political processes, and alleged human rights violations to prepare for the games. The Olympics are over, yet some questions still linger.

Human Rights Watch Associate Director Carroll Bogert will address this issue Sept. 17 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ). Bogert will speak at 7 p.m. in the IPJ Theatre on the topic of "Human Rights in Post Olympics China: Has Anything Changed?" She will examine how the Olympic Games impacted human rights in China. Another question she will ponder is did the Olympics force the Chinese government to expand rights or provide cover for ongoing abuses.

During her visit, Bogert, will also discuss the Human Rights Watch photography exhibit, "China’s Olympian Human Rights Challenges," currently on display in the IPJ galleries through Nov. 8. The exhibit is a collection of recent photos from China illuminating some of the human rights issues spotlighted by the Olympic Games in Beijing. The exhibit also showcases a photographic tour of human rights violations around the globe, including genocide, domestic slavery, migrant labor, exploitation by extractive industries, civilian casualties of armed conflict and more.

Bogert, who has lived and worked in China, joined Human Rights Watch in 1998, working alongside the executive director to manage a leading, international, human rights institute. Her op-eds are frequently published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the New Republic. Bogert’s commentaries have also aired on National Public Radio.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Bogert spent more than a decade in international news reporting. She was a reporter for the Washington Post in Beijing, the bureau chief for Newsweek in Moscow, and acting foreign editor of Newsweek.

She holds a master’s degree in East Asian Studies and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Russian.

Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Its researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in more than 80 countries. It then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.

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.


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. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. 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.