First Annual Gonzaga Law Human Rights Symposium May 31 in Florence, Italy

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. – The first annual Gonzaga Law Human Rights Symposium will be held Wednesday, May 31 at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in Florence, Italy. The daylong program is titled, “Human Rights in Anxious Times.”

The symposium is the inaugural event of an annual human rights series to be delivered through Gonzaga-in-Florence – Gonzaga University’s flagship study abroad program – and the Gonzaga University School of Law. The RFK Human Rights Center offers an ideal home for robust discussion and debate of human rights issues.

Gonzaga University expects the program will offer a rich educational opportunity for Gonzaga-in-Florence students and the regional community, engage diverse perspectives on contemporary human rights needs and challenges regionally and worldwide, and inspire an ongoing discourse that Gonzaga-in-Florence will develop through future symposia.

Keynote speakers will frame the program around panel discussions focused on three topics: terrorism and organized crime, violence against women and the migration crisis. The symposium will conclude with a reception. Gonzaga Law School will publish selected speeches and papers from the symposium.

For more information, contact Jeff Geldien, assistant dean of external relations at Gonzaga Law School, at (509) 313-6121 or via email at To view the full program, visit: