Professors Address Human Rights at Xavier's Vision of Hope Speakers Series

Latin America and Asia the focus | February 1, 2008

Perspectives of Human Rights from Latin America and Asia will be the topic of discussion during the Vision of Hope Speakers Series next lecture on Tuesday, February 26, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall on the University’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Irene Hodgson came to Xavier in 1986 and is a professor of Spanish in the department of modern languages. Her areas of specialization include contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis on human rights and justice issues. She has translated Chilean exile poetry, the diary of assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and a collection of excerpts from his homilies.

Carol Winkelmann, an English professor and linguist at Xavier, teaches courses on anthropological linguistics, political language and the media, and women and sacred language. She has written several books and articles on violence against women and social change. Her current research is on Tibetan Buddhist nuns in northern India


The 2007-2008 Vision of Hope speakers series is based upon the theme, “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in the video “A Vision of Hope” by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director of Peace and Justice Programs at Xavier University. The five pillars focused on in the video are a Global Ethic, Economic Democracy, Human Rights, Non-violence and Democratic World Order.


Xavier follows the Catholic, Jesuit tradition of the sharing of ideas and promotion of dialogue and discussion on matters of peace and justice.