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St. Thomas University Media Release

Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Dr. Karen Mock to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

Fredericton – Dr. Karen Mock, a national expert on race relations, will speak on “Antisemitism and Antiracism in Canada Today: Challenges that Face Us All” for the fifteenth annual Dr. Bernie Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights.

The lecture, sponsored by the Atlantic Human Rights Centre at St. Thomas University, will take place Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at the Ted Daigle Auditorium in Edmund Casey Hall beginning at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Mock, executive director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, is an expert on antiracist education and has lectured and written extensively on the subject. Prior to her appointment to the CRRF, she was national director for the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada where she initiated public education campaigns, the Black/Jewish Dialogue, Women's Interfaith Dialogue and Muslim/Jewish Dialogue as well as youth training programs.

Dr. Mock also directed a project for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship on “Combating Hate”, a series of publications on hate groups, hate propaganda and guidelines for community action against racism and antisemitism. She chaired the National Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State and Canadian Secretariat for the UN World Conference Against Racism, and was a delegate at the conference in Durban South Africa.

The Vigod Lecture is held in memory of Dr. Bernie Vigod, Professor of History, University of New Brunswick. Dr. Vigod was an ardent proponent of human rights and civil liberties in New Brunswick and Canada.

This is the 15th annual Vigod Lecture and the series has previously included distinguished speakers such as Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Irwin Cotler, Bruce Philips, and Dr. Stephen Smith.

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