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January 23, 2013

UO welcomes Operation Broken Silence CEO

Mark Hackett to make public lecture on fight against genocide

Operation Broken Silence is an emerging human rights organization that specializes in using multimedia tools to end mass atrocity crimes. 

Mark Hackett is the 26-year-old CEO and executive director for OBS whose work has been featured by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and more than a dozen other news and non-profit organizations. He also has testified to the United States Congress multiple times concerning the crisis in Sudan.

Hackett will visit the University of Oregon January 30 through February 1.

On Thursday, Jan. 31, he will present a free public lecture titled "Behind the Front Lines in the Fight Against Genocide" at 6:30 p.m. in Knight Law Center 175.

In addition to his lecture, Hackett's time at the UO will include presentations in several classes and work with the university's cross-campus initiative responsible for his visit, "Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Responsibility to Prevent."

The initiative examines personal and political responses to mass atrocities from the perspective of numerous disciplines, including law, ethics, psychology, history, communications, international studies, geography, political science, philosophy, education, and others. It is spearheaded by the UO School of Law's Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center in partnership with the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

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