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Hood hosts lecture by U.S. State Department official

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—The United States initiatives in the United Nations promoting women's political participation, particularly in countries experiencing political transitions, will be the topic an informal talk by a U.S. State Department official Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Elizabeth Wilcox, acting deputy director of the Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Organization Affairs, will give a lecture entitled "Working Through the United Nations to Promote Women’s Political Participation."

Wilcox works on a range of multilateral issues relating to human rights, social issues and humanitarian assistance, including U.S. participation in the Human Rights Council, women's issues and efforts to enhance the UN's humanitarian assistance efforts. From 2005 to 2008, she served as the deputy legal adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, where she represented the United States on the security council's counter-terrorism and 1540—nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction—committees and in the UN General Assembly's Sixth (Legal) Committee. She also has held a variety of positions in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser. Most recently, she served as the editor of the State Department's annual Digest of United States Practice in International Law. In her previous positions as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser, she provided legal counsel to Department of State officials on matters including nonproliferation and international law enforcement.

Before joining the State Department, Wilcox served as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She also worked as a humanitarian relief worker in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Pakistan.

Wilcox earned her juris doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she also earned a certificate from Columbia's Middle East Institute. At Columbia, she was a Zuckerman Fellow and an International Fellow.

A question-and-answer session and light refreshments will follow the lecture.

Sponsors of the event include Hood's political science department, global studies program, Model UN and the global issues living-learning community.

For more information, contact Paige Eager, associate professor of political science, at eager@hood.edu.