12:00 PM, 243 Frist
Scott Long, director of the LGBT rights program for Human Rights Watch, will speak about ongoing efforts to break the silence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons around the world. Co-sponsored with Princeton University's International Center and LGBT Center. Long has been a long-time human rights activist. Beginning in the early 1990s, while living in the former Soviet bloc, he gathered detailed information on Romania's mistreatment of gays and lesbians, and led over forty missions to Romanian penitentiaries, reporting extensively on conditions there. He has worked closely with many LGBT groups in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, as well as with human rights groups including the Romanian Helsinki Committee. In 1993, he conducted the first fact-finding mission on the situation of gays and lesbians in Albania. He is the author, among other articles and reports, of Public Scandals: Sexual Orientation and Criminal Law in Romania, co-published by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Watch, and has edited and contributed to recent reports on gay and lesbian parenting, and on the use of sexuality to target women's and feminist organizing worldwide. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; he has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Budapest, and for two years was a Senior Fulbright Professor of American Literature at the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.