Month: February 2019

Press Release: Shareen Hertel Hosts Reed Fellowship Lecture Series

Business and Human Rights Initiative
University of Connecticut
Press Release

STORRS, CT (February 15, 2019) – Professor Shareen Hertel (Political Science and Human Rights) has been awarded the David and Joan Reed Faculty Fellowship, one of the top teaching honors at the University of Connecticut. As the Reed Faculty Fellow, Hertel is hosting a lecture series Politics and Human Rights in the Global Supply Chain at UConn’s Waterbury campus, which is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Center of Excellence for Teaching (CETL) at UConn.

Three lectures are slated for the spring 2019 semester, centered around the themes of global supply chain management, business ethics and compliance, and innovative design for social and environmental sustainability:

  • The first lecture, “Respect for Human Rights: An Imperative that Makes Good Business Sense”, on Wednesday, February 20, features Mark Nordstrom, former Senior Counsel-Labor and Employment Law at GE.
  • On Wednesday, March 13, Bob Werner, formerly of Timex and current Advisory Board Chair of UConn’s Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER), will deliver a talk “Business and Human Rights: The View From the Field”.
  • Finally, on Wednesday, April 10, Deborah Leipziger, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at the Lewis Institute, Babson College, will present “Human Rights and Business: Creating a Lexicon and Blueprint for Transformation”.

Nordstrom and Leipziger have been key contributors to the Business and Human Rights Initiative at UConn. In March 2017, Nordstrom participated in the Roundtable on Business and Human Rights. The following October, Nordstrom and Leipziger served as panelists for the Initiative’s conference on Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing, for which Leipziger authored the white paper.

Hertel is a member of the Initiative’s steering committee and has undertaken research on stakeholder dialogue regimes with the support of the Initiative.

The Reed Fellow Lecture Series reflects the ongoing engagement of the Initiative’s faculty members in the field of business and human rights. The series is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Click here to register for the lectures. All lectures will be held at UConn’s Waterbury campus main building, rooms 113-119. For more information, call the OLLI office at 203-236-9924/9925 or email

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