Nobel laureate, politician discuss human rights

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams

Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams speaks at UIC Thursday.
Photo: Joshua Clark/UIC Photo Services

A Nobel Peace laureate and a Cook County politician and activist will discuss human rights at a presentation Thursday sponsored by UIC’s Social Justice Initiative.

“Human Rights at Home and in the World: Emigration, Immigration and International Solidarity” begins at 2 p.m. at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

Jody Williams of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, and Cook County commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the first Mexican-American elected to the Illinois Senate, will address issues of mobility, containment and global citizenship in relation to human rights around the world.

Williams is the Jane Addams Fellow of the Social Justice Initiative at UIC. She chairs the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which supports women working for peace with justice and equality.

Garcia is on the board of the Latino Policy Forum and founding executive director of Enlace Chicago, a civic organization supporting educational advancement and economic development in the Little Village neighborhood.

The UIC Social Justice Initiative connects scholars and activists in Chicago and beyond through programs related to social justice, democracy and human rights.

Admission is free. For information, call 312-996-2961.

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