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Scarsdale High School Grad Speaks At Scarsdale Forum

Suzanne Nossel will speak at the Scarsdale Forum's"Second Sunday" series.
Suzanne Nossel will speak at the Scarsdale Forum's"Second Sunday" series. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale Forum's "Second Sunday" series will host guest speaker Suzanne Nossel, a Scarsdale High School graduate.

It takes place on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Scarsdale Women's Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale. The event is free and open to the public.

Nossel's career has spanned government service and leadership roles in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is currently executive director of the PEN American Center, a nonprofit dedicated to freedom of the press.

Prior to joining PEN she was executive director of Amnesty International USA where she led a strategic reorientation of the organization to focus on building the next generation of human rights activists.

Her work led to successful passage of the Afghan Women and Girls Security and Promotion Act of 2012, and drew attention to the chilling climate for free expression in Russia through the case of imprisoned punk band Pussy Riot.

Before joining Amnesty, Nossel was deputy assistant secretary of state for International Organizations at the U.S. State Department, where she was responsible for multilateral human rights, humanitarian affairs, women’s issues, public diplomacy, press and congressional relations.

At the State Department, Nossel played a leading role in U.S. engagement at the U.N. Human Rights Council, including the initiation of groundbreaking human rights resolutions on Iran, Syria, Libya, Cote d’Ivoire, freedom of association, freedom of expression, and the first U.N. resolution on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

She has also been the chief operating officer for Human Rights Watch, where she was responsible for organizational management and spearheaded a strategic plan for the global expansion of the organization.

Nossel is a regular contributor and commentator on human rights issues for major news outlets including CNN, MSNBC and NPR. You can read the blog she founded here .

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