Human rights expert, Woodrow Wilson Fellow to visit Benedictine, lecture to public

Human rights expert, Woodrow Wilson Fellow to visit Benedictine, lecture to public
September 11, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Dimon Liu believes that the only way to protect one’s own rights is to become responsible for protecting the rights of others. Liu, an internationally renowned human rights activist, architect and urban planner, will visit Benedictine University from October 5-10. She will conduct classes, seminars, workshops and lectures and meet with students and faculty to share her practical knowledge in a variety of human rights areas. Liu will also present a public lecture "What Will it Take to Democratize China?" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 in the Krasa Student Center. “Our students will have a chance to meet a world-class human rights expert with a deep knowledge of issues related to the rule of law and democracy, helping to create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds,” said Maria de la Camara, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Benedictine University. Liu was born in China and emigrated to the United States in 1965. She became a human rights activist after witnessing conditions in China during a three-month trip there in 1972. Trained in architecture in New York and political economy in London, she taught architecture and urban design for 15 years in Hong Kong and New York. Her human rights activities have included urging human rights organizations to embrace Chinese concerns, systematically briefing journalists on conditions in China, teaching Chinese citizens how to get involved in politics, and organizing human rights initiatives within Chinese pro-democracy groups. At a lecture at Muhlenberg College a few years ago, Liu defined China as “[a] successful tyranny,” a “Goliath [with] weak points,” and that the way to control China is “by ideas, not force.” In advocating for the abused, the kidnapped and enslaved, Liu spreads the word that “the only way to protect your own rights is by picking up the duty of protecting other people’s rights.” Liu regularly briefs Capitol Hill on issues concerning China. Her writings on human rights, rule of law, democracy and military strategy have appeared in many journals and newspapers including the Asian Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Newsday and The Washington Times. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s Web site at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.