Monday, April 17, 2023
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


External Venue
Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center

Event Description

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Office of International Studies and Programs (now the International Division) established an annual Human Rights and Democracy Lecture in 1994 named in honor of Mildred Fish-Harnack for her courage, idealism and self-sacrifice. Fish-Harnack, a Milwaukee native who was a UW–Madison student in the 1920s, assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents while living in Germany. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal instruction of Adolf Hitler for her resistance to the Nazi regime.

The Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture seeks to promote greater understanding of human rights issues and explore the intersections of human rights and democracy around the world. Presenters of the lecture advocate for human rights through academic scholarship and/or active leadership and discuss human rights and democracy around the world. UW–Madison’s International Division coordinated the lecture until the Human Rights Program was created in 2015.


Intended Audience

Faculty, Students, Staff, Public

Event Category

Speaker/Discussion, Global Legal Studies, Intellectual Life

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