Panel to focus on Human Rights

April 23, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics will host a local panel discussion on "Human Rights and International Justice" as a follow-up to the recent lecture by the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson. The panel discussion will take place Saturday (April 28) at 4 p.m. in the CSUB Student Union multi-purpose room as part of the campus-wide Celebrate CSUB day.

Robinson maintained in her lecture that ethical globalization requires greater recognition of the responsibility of the international community to help people who have been denied their fundamental rights. This requires taking human rights beyond their more traditional political and legal realms and applying them to other fields, such as rights to work, housing and subsistence. She also called upon all those attending the Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture to ask: what can we do, and what are we willing to do to promote rights?

To help answer those questions, a panel of local experts has been assembled: Bill Phillimore, vice president for Paramount Farming; Gonzalo Santos, a sociology professor at CSUB; and Wendy Wayne, an international activist.

Admission and parking to this event are free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend the panel discussion are also encouraged to attend the philosophy and religious studies undergraduate research conference also taking place Saturday as part of Celebrate CSUB!

For more information on the "Human Rights and International Justice" panel or the undergraduate research conference, please contact Christopher Meyers at (661) 654-3149 or at