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Lecture in Honor of Late Local Activist to Address Refugee Rights

Duquesne University’s annual Monsignor Charles Owen Rice Lecture Series will focus on the rights of refugees. Dr. David Hollenbach, S.J., university chair in human rights and international studies at Boston College, will present Refugee Rights and the Transnational Good: Global Challenges and Catholic Social Teaching

Hollenbach will address issues of defining basic human rights and will explore ways in which the world can and should respond in light of justice and with a mind towards the common good of all people.

The lecture series is named for Rice, who was acclaimed for his many decades of activism on behalf of the working class. A 1930 graduate of Duquesne University, Rice led labor protests and stood in picket lines, and helped found the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists, often acting as an arbitrator for labor unions. In addition, he founded the St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality in the Hill District, which gave shelter and food to homeless men. During World War II, Rice was rent control director for the city of Pittsburgh, and in 1967, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King at the United Nations.

Hollenbach’s presentation is sponsored by Duquesne University’s Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Duquesne Room, Duquesne University Union, 600 Forbes Ave.

Visit www.duq.edu/cst or 412.396.4504.

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