NORTH NEWTON, KAN. Curt Goering, senior deputy director for Amnesty International USA, will speak to Bethel College students during convocation at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 9 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public. A 1978 Bethel College graduate with majors in peace studies and German, Goering will speak on "Human Rights, Iraq, and the 'War on Terror'."
At the organization's national section headquarters in New York City, Goering works in policy, strategy and membership development, public representation of the organization and fund raising. He has been involved with Amnesty International for 22 years and has participated in seven International Council Meetings (ICM), the organization's highest decision-making body with representatives from 70 countries.
Goering also served as regional specialist on Europe and the Middle East at Amnesty's Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. He has carried out numerous assignments for Amnesty's International Secretariat in London, including research assignments related to human rights crises in Israel/Palestine, Kurdish areas of Iraq and Turkey, Bosnia, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mongolia. Most recently he participated in a high level mission to Iraq.
Goering is a graduate of Moundridge High School. He spent nearly four years in Europe doing alternative service during the Vietnam War. He holds a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and has attended universities in the Middle East.
Amnesty International's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.