Right to Life vs. Right to Be Alive at the United Nations
Friday December 2, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday December 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The United Nations is the premiere institution of international peace and security. Yet, it has become the site of a culture war between religious fundamentalisms and gender activism with regard to women’s human rights and the global LGBT population. This conflict takes place at UN meetings, such as the convening of the Human Rights Council, and through influencing outcome documents. This course will examine what amounts to an escalating culture war - particularly a fundamentalist crusade at the UN - and will problematize the lack of a response by the UN administration and membership.
A Freeman Fellow at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, The Rev. Patricia Ackerman is senior trainer of Gender-Sensitive Active Non-Violence and Masculinities for the Women Peacemakers Program in the Netherlands, a former program of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). She is an accredited U.N. representative for the FOR and IFOR and is a director of women’s studies at The City College of New York (CUNY), located in Harlem, Manhattan. An Episcopal priest, her other work experience includes serving as director of environmental programs at the Garrison Institute. She is currently completing a doctorate in political science/ international relations at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City.