Book Discussion on The Courage of Strangers

Ms. Laber discussed her memoir The Courage of Strangers: Coming of Age with the Human Rights Movement, published by… read more

Ms. Laber discussed her memoir The Courage of Strangers: Coming of Age with the Human Rights Movement, published by PublicAffairs. The book recounts her campaign to expose and prevent human rights abuses globally. Previously a homemaker with an academic background in Russian studies, Ms. Laber became involved with the developing human rights movement in America during the 1970s and 1980s. She went on to become a founder and executive director of Helsinki Watch, an organization that monitored human rights violations, particularly in the Soviet bloc. Helsinki Watch eventually evolved into the organization known as Human Rights Watch. The narrative details her activities with the group, including her secret trips across closed borders to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. It also presents vignettes of other activists and dissidents, including Andrei Sakharov, Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel and of torture victims in Turkey and El Salvador. A question and answer session followed her talk. close

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New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Aug 31, 2002
Last Aired:
Sep 28, 2002

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