Father Hesburgh and Human Rights: His Legacy and Our Bridge to the Future





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When Father Hesburgh was asked for a list of keynote speakers that could share a history of his work in human rights and inspire us all to find our place in the future of this global conversation, he put forth one name - his long-time colleague and friend, Harris Wofford. Among a long list of distinguished former titles, Mr. Wofford served as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Counsel to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Associate Professor in the University of Notre Dame Law School. He played significant roles in several presidencies, including the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Clinton administrations.

Wofford serves now as the senior advisor to the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute, launching a new effort to enable all young Americans coming of age to do a year of full-time service. In 2013, he received a Presidential Citizens Medal from President Obama. Wofford has law degrees from both Howard University Law School and Yale Law School. He is the author of several books, including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties.

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Hesburgh Libraries
University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters
Notre Dame Student Government
Notre Dame Center for Civil & Human Rights
Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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