President's Lecture Series


Dr. William Schulz: "Human Rights: A Global Update"


William Schulz

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William F. "Bill" Schulz is a Unitarian Universalist minister who is most known for his role as the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, the U.S. division of Amnesty International, from March 1994 to 2006. He is a prominent spokesperson, activist, and author focusing primarily on the issue of Human Rights and United States' Government role in promoting or disregarding them. In addition to his many public appearances, he has been affiliated with numerous non-profit organizations and universities.

William Schulz was born 14 November 1949 to Prof William F. and Jean Schulz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Oberlin College for his undergraduate degree, completed in 1971. He earned a masters from University of Chicago in 1974, and completed his Doctorate of Ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1975.

Schulz most noted role is his time as the Executive Director for AmnestyInternational USA, an NGO focused on human rights, from 1994 to 2006. During this time he made numerous appearances as a guest on national radio and television programs, and testified before congress concerning humans rights issues. During his tenure, Amnesty International was seen to become increasingly interventionist in its policies, advocating that states take a more active role in secure human rights protections, encouraging collaboration with law enforcement and even military force.

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A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331 .A57 1995f

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