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United Nations Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch Steve Crawshaw is the Keynote Speaker at Glendon’s 2009 Autumn John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture

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United Nations Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch Steve Crawshaw is giving Glendon’s 2009 Autumn John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, November 17th on the Glendon campus, at 7:30 PM in Room 102 Glendon Manor. Crawshaw will address the topic “Making an Impact: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in a Changing World.”

Right: Steve Crawshaw © 2008 Human Rights Watch

Steve Crawshaw joined Human Rights Watch as London director in 2002, and became the organization's United Nations advocacy director for Human Rights Watch in 2006. Before joining Human Rights Watch he worked for many years as a journalist with The Independent which he joined at launch, including as Germany bureau chief, chief foreign correspondent, and foreign news editor. Stories he covered included the east European revolutions, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Balkan wars. He studied Russian and German at the universities of Oxford and Leningrad Universities.

He is the author of Goodbye to the USSR (1992) and of Easier Fatherland: Germany and the Twenty-First Century (2004). He is co-author of Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and a Bit of Ingenuity Can Change the World, to be published in 2010.

The annual John Holmes Memorial Lecture at Glendon honours the late John W. Holmes, O.C., Canadian diplomat, writer, administrator, and professor of International Relations at Glendon from 1971 to 1981. Holmes was a tireless promoter of Canada at home and abroad, in political, diplomatic and educational circles. He also participated in the founding of the United Nations and attended its first General Assembly in 1945.


Published on November 10, 2009