Mildred Fish Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture

The Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture is named after a Milwaukee native who was a UW–Madison student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal instruction of Adolf Hitler, for her resistance to the Nazi regime. This lectureship is designed to promote greater understanding of human rights and democracy, and enrich international studies at UW-Madison. The lecture brings to campus a person who contributes to the cause of human rights through academic scholarship and/or active leadership.

Watch the PBS video on the Mildred Fish Harnack story:

Fall 2018

September 13, 2018: Navi Pillai, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will deliver this year's Mildred Fish Harnack lecture to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 4:00pm at Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center, details pending.

Navi Pillay June 2014.jpg

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