GENEVA, N.Y.-Human rights activist and author Kerry Kennedy Cuomo is the next speaker as part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges President's Forum lecture series. The title of her lecture is also the title of her new book, Speak Truth to Power-Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World. Cuomo will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. A book signing will follow. The next guest in the series will be U.S. presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, in Albright Auditorium.
The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Cuomo established the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in 1988. She has worked on diverse human rights issues such as child labor, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, the environment, and women's rights. She is the wife of Andrew Cuomo. Speak Truth to Power contains interviews with fifty human rights advocates from around the world, accompanied by portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams. In each interview, Cuomo examines the quality of courage with women and men who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries.
Keyes was one of the U.S. representatives to the United Nations during the Ronald Reagan administration. In the 1990s he became known as an outspoken champion for conservative causes via his radio talk program, The Alan Keyes Show. A Republican, Keyes ran for the U.S. Senate in Maryland in 1988 and 1992 and ran for U.S. president in 1996 and 2000.
The President's Forum series was inaugurated in January 2000 when then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton led a discussion on public service. The series has since included such speakers as journalists Karen DeWitt and Sam Donaldson, presidential candidates Ralph Nader and Michael Dukakis, and political analyst George Stephanopoulos. The forums are free and the public is encouraged to attend.