FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College President Dr. David Pollick was an invited speaker at the Council of Europe's Higher Education and Democratic Culture: Citizenship, Human Rights, and Civic Responsibility forum held June 22-23 in Strasbourg, France.
Pollick was a presenter during the “Promoting Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship” session, led by Thomas Hammarberg of Sweden, commissioner for human rights of the Council of Europe and former secretary general of Amnesty International, a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.
Since taking office as Birmingham-Southern's 12th president in July 2004, Pollick has worked with college faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the establishment of the Center for Global Human Dignity, based on the fundamental principle that advancing human dignity is central to the mission of liberal education.
The forum, which was attended by international higher education experts from around the world, covered issues such as fostering the culture of democracy, promoting human rights and democratic citizenship, and building sustainable democratic citizenship.
The Council of Europe is that continent's oldest political organization, founded in 1949. It groups together 46 countries, including 21 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, to achieve a greater unity between its members and to act as a political anchor and human rights watchdog for Europe's post-communist democracies, among other aims.