Spring Colloquium on Human Rights, 2003
Human Rights & the US State Department
John Shattuck, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights
Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at 7 pm
MIT Room 10-250
What is the US government's historical role in the universal
fight for human rights? How have the Executive and Legislative
branches perceived the role of human rights in US policy? What
battles are fought within the US government when it comes to
preserving human rights and documenting abuses in "friendly"
countries? What urgent human-rights challenges do we face in
the next decade?
As US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights,
and Labor in the Clinton Administration, our guest, John Shattuck,
was the US Government's chief human-rights official from 1993 to
1998. He also served as the US Ambassador in Prague from 1999 to
2000. Before entering government, Ambassador Shattuck was Vice
President for Government, Community, & Public Affairs at Harvard.
Prior to that, he worked for the American Civil Liberties Union
as Executive Director of the Washington office and national staff
counsel from 1971 to 1984. Ambassador Shattuck is now the Chief
Executive Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in
Boston. Among the numerous honors he has received for his work
is the International Human Rights Award from the United Nations
Association. His book, Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars
and the Roots of Terrorism, will be published this year by
Harvard University Press.
Ambassador Shattuck will be introduced by Paul Parravano of the
MIT Office of the President. The discussion will be moderated by
Jeff Ravel, professor of history at MIT.
Co-sponsored by the MIT Large Event Fund; the History Faculty; the
Department of Political Science; the Anthropology Program; and
the Program in Writing & Humanistic Studies.