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MSU College of Law


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959;

MSU Law Hosts Dr. Karen Mock for a Presentation on Multiculturalism and Human Rights

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children hosts Dr. Karen Mock, Canadian psychologist and human rights activist, at the Law College Building on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at noon for a presentation entitled "Multiculturalism and Human Rights: The Increasing Challenge of Competing Rights Domestically and Abroad."

Dr. Mock’s address will be based on the premise that our increasingly diverse society brings increasing challenges when rights and freedoms compete or collide—freedom of speech versus freedom from harassment and hate, freedom of religion versus gender equality or freedom for traditional cultural practices. She will probe how far should we go to “accommodate” differences, while at the same time staying committed to human rights, fairness, and equality for all.

Dr. Mock is a certified teacher and educational psychologist, specializing in human rights, hate crime, and diversity issues. She earned her Ph.D. in applied psychology from the University of Toronto, and is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost Canadian authorities on multicultural/anti-racist education. She has been qualified by the Canadian courts and human rights tribunals as an expert on hate/bias crime, and serves as special advisor and trainer for several police services as well as various legal and judicial organizations.

The mission of the Talsky Center is to educate MSU College of Law students, as well as the broader community, about international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Center aims to promote an understanding of the important civilizing role that this body of law so often plays in a world fraught with transgressions against human dignity and well-being. The Center promotes human rights for all people, with a focus on women and children—generally the most vulnerable and, therefore, most easily victimized members of society.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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