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Human Rights Lecture Series: The Noble Pursuit of Human Rights

November 7, 2022
12:50 P.M. - 2:50 P.M.
St. Francis College
Room 6203

Dr. Anjhula Mya Singh Bais was elected Chair of the International Board of Amnesty International—a movement of 10 million grassroots members worldwide—in the fall of 2021. In this conversation with President Martinez-Saenz, Ph.D., Bais discusses how she became interested in "The Noble Pursuit of Human Rights," her life story, including her trajectory to becoming the Global Chair of a 10-million grassroots human rights movement worldwide. Bais shares her professional life as an international psychologist and the intersection of this professional career pursuit with her human rights passions.

She addresses how she has leveraged her position as an international supermodel to advance human rights causes and Amnesty in particular. Finally, Bais addresses how the pursuit of human rights is currently happening in a turbulent world that has experienced an erosion of human rights and democratic backsliding, and how Amnesty's voice and investigations are critically needed in the current crises of the brutal Russian war in Ukraine and the women-led courageous protests in Iran. From Davos to Dhaka, Bais engages populations on the ground around the climate crisis, mental health, human rights, leadership, and strategic thinking through a feminist lens. She is a Global Risks Perception Subject Matter Expert for the World Economic Forum, sits on the Covid Social Sector Mobilization Platform (an initiative between the World Health Organization and World Economic Forum), and is a consultant to global boards of multinational corporations around behavior, risk, and culture.

Bais was bestowed the Global Citizen Psychologist Citation from the American Psychological Association (APA). She obtained her Ph.D. with distinction from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and MSc in Psychoanalysis from University College London (with two years of global intelligence research experience at Columbia University). She is the former Chair of Amnesty International Malaysia.

The Zoom link will be emailed to all registered attendees who cannot join the event in person, 24 hours prior to the event.

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