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Dr. Allida BlackCan a Declaration Combat Genocide?
Presented by Allida Black

Wednesday, April 1
7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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Reception to follow in the Clarke Historical Library. The talk and reception are free and open to the public. ​​

Allida Black is the managing director of the Allenswood Group, a collaborative founded to empower individuals and strengthen democracy through education; a Senior Fellow at the Women’s Research and Education Institute; and a Research Professor of History at The George Washington University. She also is editor emeritus/advisory board chair of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a project she designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt's writings and discussions of human rights and democratic politics.​

She previously served as executive editor of the fdr4freedoms Digital Initiative, a web-based education program dedicated to the Four Freedoms: freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and worship and as program manager of the National Democratic Institute’s Women’s Political Participation division. She has written and edited ten books as well as a variety of articles on women, politics, and human rights policy. She is currently writing a political biography of Eleanor Roosevelt and a biographical history of American First Ladies. In 2012, Penguin Classics reissued Eleanor Roosevelt’s Tomorrow Is Now, for which she wrote an extensive introduction and President Bill Clinton wrote the foreword.

She is recognized at home and around the world for her efforts to help teachers and civil leaders incorporate hu​man rights practices in their classrooms and civic life. In 2009, she developed a mentoring program for women leaders rebuilding war-torn communities co-sponsored by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. She has curated exhibits for international organizations and national historic sites; served as an advisor to documentaries prepared for PBS, the History Channel, A&E, and the Discovery Channel.

She is a trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library; a director the Educators Institute for Human Rights, the Summer Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, the Center for New Deal Studies, the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, and a the Liberian Education Trust; and member of the Voter Empowerment Action Project executive committee.​


Parking & Maps

Free parking is available in Lots ​27 & 18 near the Charles V. Park Library. Click here to view a campus map​. Click here to view the Park Library on Google Maps.


​Event Sponsors

Co-sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide; the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Center for Professional and Personal Ethics. ​For more information, contact the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at 989-774-3341 or CHSBS@cmich.edu


Human Rights Month at CMU

Allida Black is participating in several events for Human Rights Month at CMU. You can view the entire schedule at http://humanrightsmonth.com/​.​