Professors address human rights at Vision of Hope Speakers Series

Irene Hodgson and Carol Winkelman speak on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Kelley Auditorium | February 19, 2008

Two professors are discussing perspectives of human rights from Latin America and Asia during the Vision of Hope Speakers Series lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., in Kelley Auditorium.

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.