Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will

October 24, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Event Co-sponsors: 
Global Womens Leadership Initiative
Environmental Change and Security Program

"Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will" is a path-breaking study by Professor Alison Brysk in which she analyzes how human rights rhetoric works, and how to make it work better.  In this latest book, Brysk extracts the lessons from twenty years of study of human rights campaigns on five continents,  from Aung San Suu Kyi to Anna Hazare, from Congo to Colombia, and from the Arab Spring to Pussy Riot.  Her information politics approach shows that human rights campaigns gain greater recognition and response when they combine compelling speakers, well-framed messages, recognizable patterns, public performances, skillful use of appropriate media, and the construction of attentive audience circuits.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Alison Brysk // Fellow
    Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
  • University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University
  • Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America Former Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications for the Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives
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