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BWLI Students and Committee

MCLA Professor in Rome, Italy, to Teach Students From Around the Globe

08/01/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Petra Hejnova, a professor of political science and public policy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), is in Rome, Italy, this month to teach course on "Human Rights and International Security" to students from around the world.

Hejnova, who teaches international relations at MCLA, is teaching the intensive, two-week-long, three-credit course for the 13th Annual Global Leadership Program, offered in partnership with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and organized by Leadership exCHANGE, an American non-profit organization.

Led by Hejnova, students from Australia, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Panama and the United States will explore the relationship between human rights and international security and how they work in concert and in conflict. In particular, the course will explore the relationship between human rights and: conflict resolution, failed states, state-building, humanitarian intervention, and the globalization of human rights and security.

Hejnova will adapt this course to teach at MCLA, as well.

"The course covers some very timely topics regarding globalization," Hejnova said. "Its main topic is about 'Human Security,' a term that has been around for about 15 years now, which basically says that people should be moving away from the idea that international security is about states, and more about individuals. People in different parts of the world are dealing with things from poverty to land mines. The war may be gone, but it doesn't mean it's gone for the people that are living in an area."

Students will examine case studies centered in Haiti, Israel-Palestine, Libya and Somalia.

For more information about MCLA's political science and public policy major, go to www.mcla.edu/Undergraduate/majors/publicpolicy .