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Press to Attend Leadership Summit at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Bob Press

Dr. Robert Press, an associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi and director and founder of its Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, has been selected to attend a national leadership summit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dec. 7-9 in Washington D.C.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum serves as a living memorial to the Holocaust, and inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

After working as a journalist in Africa and the U.S., Press earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Florida in 2004. He combines lectures with classroom discussions, community service, and research assignments to encourage all students’ critical thinking and knowledge. In 2012, Press earned the USM Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs’ teaching award. His service to the university and local community includes as past president of the USM Faculty Senate and on the executive board of the Forrest County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Press is the author of three books: Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence (Amsterdam University Press/University of Chicago Press, 2015); Peaceful Resistance: Advancing Human Rights and Democratic Freedom (Ashgate, U.K., 2006); and The New Africa: Dispatches from a Changing Continent (U. Press of Florida, 1999). His articles on sub-Sahara Africa have appeared in various journals, including the Journal of Human Rights, Journal for Contemporary African Studies, Africa Today, Journal of Human Rights Practise, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review; and Theory in Action.

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