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Travel broadens the horizon, as the anonymous “they” tell us. But they omit to point out how digging deep beneath the earth’s surface can broaden even more.

Since the Federal Republic of Germany’s admission into NATO in 1955, German–American relations have been a cornerstone of transatlantic and European security and stability. Both Washington and pre-unification Bonn championed liberal democracy, free trade and fundamental civil and human rights.

On 27 April 2017 at the American University of Rome, Dr. Lyal S. Sunga honored the memory of the University’s late Professor, James Walston, with a public lecture titled "What is Democracy without Human Rights or the Rule of Law? Dr. Sunga first places the issue in philosophic and historical perspective and then explains how the rise of international human rights law arose in the aftermath of World War Two as a reaction against Nazi and Fascist abuse of democracy, human dignity and the rule of law. He then contrasts the success of the global human rights movement with the paucity of international norms on democratic governance and the rule of law since 1945. He contends that democratic governance today has to be measured by the extent to which it promotes and protects human rights and the rule of law. Finally, he reflects upon what democracy is without human rights or the rule of law, and takes questions from the audience.

AUR graduate Tiffany Burrafato (BUS ’17) has an extraordinary Event Management internship with the Rome Chamber Music Festival (http://www.romechamberfestival.org/en/) this summer, hosted in the magnificent Pietro da Cortona hall of the 17th century Palazzo BarberiniFounded and directed by American violinist Robert McDuffie, the prestigious Rome Chamber Music Festival is a celebration of classical and contemporary chamber music, and has become one of the most anticipated events on Rome’s cultural and social calendar.

During the Spring 2017 semester I had an internship with the Policy and Lobbying Unit at the Italian Chapter of Amnesty International.
 
My duties included drafting a weekly office newsletter highlighting important European events pertaining to human rights, monitoring proceedings in the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and assisting with translations and drawing up petitions.

This internship gave me great insight into how an international non-governmental organization functions. It was also very interesting to participate in the wide-range of Amnesty’s campaigns, petitions, research, and lobbying efforts.

My experience at USO Vicenza taught me a lot about myself, the military community, and the work force. I learned head on the difficulties of time management and the meaning of improvisation. We had to improvise a lot and just go with it, especially pertaining to Taco Tuesday and Troop Lunch. I learned how much the USO actually does for the military community and what it takes to see USO’s agenda through. We worked together as a team (Lisa, Rebecca, Nicole, Bree, and myself), accomplishing all the tasks that needed to be done and made the USO center run efficiently.

"Harry Shindler is one of the most inspiring people I have met in recent years.

One of the best ways to get your new films noticed is to have them shown at Film Festivals. These festivals happen across the globe and are becoming increasingly popular. However, you need to know how the selection process works to ensure you have the best chance to be selected.

Honorary Degree recipients 2017

This year AUR honored two individuals outstanding in their respective fields: