Speakers and Events

Macalester often brings in speakers and hosts events related to human rights and humanitarianism.  Recent guest speakers have included:

  • Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of the PEN American Center – Funded by the Amy Ostermeier Human Rights Education Fund (2013);
  • Tonderai Chikuhwa, Macalester Class of 1996, Programme Officer at the United Nations in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (2011);
  • Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University School of Law (2010)
  • Rebecca Cook, Chair of International Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the International Programme on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law, University of Toronto (2010)
  • Abdourahmane Waberi, one of ten African writers who participated in a Pan-African project about post-genocide Rwanda – Rwanda: Writing by Duty of Memory (2008)
  • Jan Egeland, Former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2008)
  • Aid workers from Doctors without Borders (2007)
  • Kofi Annan, Macalester Class of 1961, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2006)


Macalester students regularly do internships with human rights and humanitarian organizations in the Twin Cities. These organizations include:


Macalester students also participate in a variety of conferences related to human rights and humanitarianism, including:

Grants and Fellowships