Through his decades of work in the Department of State, Carlton Savage developed his strong belief that "war is the most terrible of all calamities." He devoted his life to world peace and the promotion of human rights, and he hoped for the abolition of war as an instrument of policy. Savage also had a special interest in the Pacific Basin and its critical role in an era of peaceful, cooperative international relations. He viewed the protection of human rights and the strengthening of international organizations as central to the cause of world peace and harmony.
In 1987, Carlton Raymond Savage gave a generous gift of $500,000 on his own behalf and in memory of his late wife, Wilberta Ripley Savage, to the university to endow a visiting professorship in international relations and peace. In 1990, the Oregon State Legislature, through its new Endowment for Excellence Program, matched the original endowment with an equal grant of state funds. With this additional financial support, the Savage endowment has become a centerpiece in the University of Oregon's growing reputation as a leader in the fields of international relations and peace.
The Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace Committee is happy to announce a new fellowship available for students pursuing peace-building and conflict resolution internships abroad. The award, between $1500-$2500, will be based on the merit of the project and its potential to further the student's academic and career goals. Awards will not be decided based on previous academic achievement or financial need.
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Sister Helen Prejean makes fifth visit to Eugene, UO
EUGENE, Ore.--- Nationally-recognized human rights and restorative justice activist Sister Helen Prejean is returning on her fifth visit to Eugene and the University of Oregon October 21-27.
While at the UO, Prejean will visit the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, taught through the Clark Honors College. She also will visit the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for incarcerated women in Wilsonville with members of the Eugene-based Portia Project.
Prejean also will speak at classes at the Robert D. Clark Honors College and the law school's Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.
Prejean will be making several public appearances during her 2012 visit, including a free public lecture:
7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. "Envisioning a Compassionate America."
All are welcome.
Prejean is one of the best-known human rights activists and opponents of the death penalty. Her first book, New York Times best seller and Pulitzer-Prize nominated "Dead Man Walking," was based on her experience as the spiritual advisor to convicted killer and death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier, who was sentenced to die for the murder of two teenagers. Her book was later turned into the award-winning film directed by Tim Robbins.
Sister Helen's second book, "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions," tells the story of two possibly innocent men whom she accompanied to their executions. The book evaluates the evidence and examines how flaws in the death penalty system lead to the execution of innocent people.
Fifteen years after beginning her crusade, the Roman Catholic sister has witnessed five executions in Louisiana and today educates the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of "Survive," a victim's advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well.
Prejean's visit to the UO is being sponsored by the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, and the Oregon Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.
The Savage Endowment is honored to host Dr. Henry Shue as the visiting Savage Professor for 2012-2013. Dr. Henry Shue is one of the world’s foremost scholars of human rights and international ethics. His book, Basic Rights: Persistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy shaped the field of international distributive justice. His research has focused on the role of human rights, especially economic rights, in international affairs and, more generally, on institutions to protect the vulnerable.
Dr. Shue is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Merton College, University of Oxford. He was a co-founder, in 1976, of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (U.S.), and the inaugural Wyn and William Y. Hutchinson Professor of Ethics & Public Life at Cornell University.
After work on strategies regarding nuclear weapons in the 1980s, his writing during the 1990s mainly concerned the issues of justice arising in international negotiations over climate change. His current writing concentrates on the two primary aspects of war: the resort to war, especially preventive military attacks ["preemption"], and the conduct of war, especially the bombing of "dual-use" infrastructure like electricity-generating facilities. Unfortunately he also finds renewed interest in his 1978 article, "Torture."
Dr. Shue will be visiting the University of Oregon November 12-16, 2012, where he will be visiting with philosophy, environmental studies, and law classes as well as leading seminars with students and faculty from the Carnegie Global Peace Initiative and the Climate Ethics Group. He will also be part of a University-wide Presidential Roundtable. Dr. Shue will be giving a free public lecture on:
"The State of Human Rights", Thursday, November 15, at 7pm, in Knight Law Center room 110.
All are welcome.
For more information on these events, please contact Johanna Luttrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org