The deputy director of Human Rights Watch, an international group that monitors human-rights violations, will speak at the March 9 Open VISIONS forum at Fairfield University.

Carroll Bogert, the HRW deputy executive director of external affairs and a Woodrow Wilson fellow, will speak on the topic, "A Perspective on Human Rights" at Fairfield U.'s Quick Center. The talk starts at 8 p.m.

As a Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow, Bogert will spend a week with university students and faculty in classes, seminars, workshops and informal meetings. The focus will be Women's History Month and global citizenship.

Renée T. White, professor of sociology and anthropology and black studies, will introduce Bogert. White is the academic coordinator for diversity and global citizenship and serves in an advisory capacity to the steering committee for the International Consortium for Higher Education, Democracy and Civic Responsibility and the Council of Europe.

Joining Philip Eliasoph, director of the Open VISIONS Forum, on stage for discussion with Bogert will be Gisela Gil-Egui, associate professor of communication, and Scott Lacy, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. Lacy is the founder and executive director of African Sky, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves farm families in rural Mali, West Africa.

In her essay, "Whose News? The Changing Media Landscape and NGOs," that accompanies HRW's 2011 World Report, Bogert addresses the relationship between journalists and HRW. It is her contention that the combination of rapid technological change and economic recession that caused deep cutbacks of the journalism field has had a negative impact not only on consumers of news, but it has had "very significant implications for international NGOs to get the word out and a decline in global news coverage constitutes a threat to their effectiveness."

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