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Human rights activist will lecture at Vassar, February 5

Justice Albert Louis Sachs, a member of the Constitutional Court in South Africa, will lecture at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, in the Chapel at Vassar College.

The lecture is sponsored by the sociology department as part of Equal Rights Awareness Week. It is free and open to the public.

Sachs was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and he focused his early law career on civil rights. As a member of the Constitutional Committee of the African National Congress, Sachs was heavily involved in the rewriting of the South African constitution prior to the first democratic elections in 1994. As a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, he helped to draft the International Declaration on the Human Genome, and he is the founding director of the South Africa Constitution Studies Centre at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London.

Sachs has written extensively on culture, gender rights, and the environment. His publications include "The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter" (The University of California Press) and "Justice in South Africa" (The University of California Press).

For additional information, call the Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-7000. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 5, 2002