Journalist to talk on human rights, free press
Published 4:57 pm, Thursday, November 8, 2012
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will present reporter and writer Kati Marton in a lecture titled "Human Rights: Free Press and Democracy" on Monday, Nov. 12. The talk, part of its Open Visions Forum lecture series, will be held at 8 p.m. in the center, 1073 North Benson Road.
Marton, a journalist for more than 20 years who speaks candidly about the role that the U.S. government plays in international affairs, will discuss the state of global politics and human rights, according to a release.
In her talks, Marton explores the position Washington must take to ensure international peace and stresses the necessity of a free press and the roles of governments in ensuring a democratic state.
As a contributor to news organizations such as ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and The Times of London, she has covered issues such as terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland and peace efforts in the Middle East, the release states. She is also involved in humanitarian causes and was chief of outreach at the United Nations, where she was the primary advocate for children in war zones for the Secretary General of the U.N.
Marton is chairwoman of the International Women's Health Coalition, a global agency promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. She also serves as a director of the Committee to Protect Journalists and on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, the New America Foundation and the Central European University. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, PEN International and the Author's Guild, the release states.
Marton, born in Hungary, was bureau chief and foreign correspondent for ABC News, reporting from Poland, East and West Germany, Italy and Northern Ireland. She was a reporter for National Public Radio in Washington where she was involved with the development of NPR's program "All Things Considered." For years, she hosted "America and the World," a weekly half-hour broadcast on international affairs for NPR.
Following Marton's presentation, there will be an informal talk with Professor Philip Eliasoph, the series' moderator; Michael Serazio, an assistant professor in the school's Department of Communication; and Ellen M. Umansky, the Carl & Dorothy Bennett chairwoman in Judaic studies and professor of religious studies.
Marton's talk is the Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship, co-sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, and funded by the Frank Jacoby Foundation.