Carroll Bogert of Human Rights Watch will be on campus as Wooster's Theologian in Residence Oct. 21-24.


Theologian in Residence to Address Human Rights in 21st Century

Carroll Bogert of Human Rights Watch to visit The College of Wooster Oct. 21-24

October 18, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Carroll Bogert, deputy executive director for external relations with Human Rights Watch, will present “Human Rights in the 21st Century: The Role for the U.S. Leadership” at the Fall Academy of Religion lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at The College of Wooster. The presentation, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.), is free and open to the public, and is part of Bogert’s four-day visit to campus as Wooster’s Theologian in Residence.

Human Rights Watch is an international non-profit organization that draws attention to human rights issues in more than 90 countries. Bogert is responsible for the organization’s external relations, and her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, USA Today, and The New Republic, while her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio.

Bogert joined Human Rights Watch in 1998 as communications director. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade in international news reporting after earning bachelor’s and master's degrees at Harvard. She has reported on a number of major events during the past three decades, including the demise of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square protests, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the fall of Mikhail Gorbachev. She began her career as a stringer for The Washington Post and then joined Newsweek, first as a member of the Southeast Asia Bureau and later as Moscow Bureau Chief. In addition, she served as vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents Association in Moscow, and in 1991, published USSR: The Collapse of an Empire with photographer Liu Heung-shing. In 1993, she returned to Newsweek headquarters in New York, where she served as acting foreign editor, and later as international correspondent, covering news events in Iran, Cuba, China, Hong Kong, the former Soviet states, and Western Europe as well as the United Nations.

Wooster’s Theologian-in-Residence program is an annual initiative of the Office of Interfaith Campus Ministries. Theologians come from a number of different religious traditions and speak from a wide range of perspectives. Additional information about Bogert’s lecture and visit to campus is available by phone (330-263-2558) or e-mail.