Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2009

Final Great Decisions Lecture of 2009 to Address Universal Human Rights

Robert Schrire, a professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy, will present the fifth and final lecture in the 52nd annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth University. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

Schrire will present "Universal Human Rights" on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Schrire is head of the political studies department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy. His research interests include public administration and policy analysis, international relations, African studies, and South/East African political economy.

In the late 1960s, Schrire was a student activist in South Africa and was forced into exile as a result. He has said that Whitworth has a special place with him because of its programs that encourage students to relate morality and politics. He has visited Whitworth twice before and he has met with students and faculty members during Jan Term study programs in South Africa. His lecture at Whitworth will focus on human rights and morality as they relate to troubled Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Robert Schrire has been a consistent voice for human rights throughout the world for several decades," says Patrick Van Inwegen, associate professor of political science at Whitworth. "He is a tireless champion for understanding and articulating the connections between morality and politics."

Schrire has been a visiting professor in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a visiting lecturer in public administration at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His books include The Implications of Global Changes for the States of the Southern Hemisphere, Political Leadership in the Apartheid State, Wealth or Poverty? Critical Choices for South Africa, and The End of White Politics in South Africa. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from the University of Cape Town, his master's from the School of International Service at American University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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