The 48th Annual Dwight & Ardis Michener
Michener Lecture & Seminars
Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Luncheon • 11:30 am
Lecture & Seminars • 1 pm – 4 pm
Orlando Friends Meetinghouse • 316 E. Marks St., Orlando, Florida 32803
“From My Measure of the Light…”
Susan will share insights about the nature of community and our duty to the stranger that she has gained in the course of her lifelong work as a scholar-practitioner in the field of international human rights.
Susan Waltz has been active in international human rights work for over 25 years. Her human rights commitment grew out of experiences and friendships she made while completing her dissertation research on the politics of North Africa. As an extension of her friendship with ordinary North Africans, for 15 years she sought to stop torture and political imprisonment in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. She has testified before the US Congress on human rights practices in North Africa, and as an expert witness for North African refugees in US immigration courts. For many years she worked with local groups of Amnesty International to secure the release of individual prisoners of conscience. Susan has written extensively on North African politics, human rights, women in politics, and Islamism. She holds a PhD in international studies.
Dr. Waltz served on Amnesty International’s International Executive Committee from 1993-1999, and in 1996 she became the first American to chair AI’s international governing board. She has visited sections of Amnesty International around the world, and has led AI missions to Tunisia, Japan, and Yemen. From 1998-2013 she was actively involved in efforts to promote the international Arms Trade Treaty to prevent irresponsible transfers of small arms, successfully concluded in 2013. She served on AI-USA’s Board of Directors from 2009-2013, and continues to serve on an AI-USA coordination group on international military transfers.
Dr. Waltz served on the national board of the American Friends Service Committee from 2000-2008. In recent years she has worked informally with AI, the AFSC, and the Arias Foundation (Costa Rica) to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty. Since 2012 she has also served with the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)–New York.
Dr. Waltz is Professor at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses on the international politics of human rights, international development policy, foreign policy and global governance. Her recent research addresses the contribution of small states to the process of drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. She is co-author of UM’s website Human Rights History and the History of International Human Rights Standards.
Susan lives with her husband, Jack Smith, in Williamston, Michigan, where they are both active members of Red Cedar Friends Meeting.