The Global in the Granite State brings you a extra special, bonus episode, through a collaboration with the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. In this episode, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Tim Horgan join forces for a dynamic conversation about the complex and often problematic ways in which the world of sports intersects and interacts with human rights issues. They cover everything from sportswashing (ancient and modern!) – including the two biggest sporting events of 2022, the Beijing Winter Olympics and the World Cup in Qatar – to the responsibility of sports federations to promote and uphold human rights, to the powerful role that athletes can play as advocates for human rights and other social issues. The episode introduces many of the topics that the Sports & Rights season will dive into more fully, with a special focus on how they play out close to home in the Granite State.
Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett serves as President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, established in 2008 to continue the legacy of her father, the late Congressman Tom Lantos. Under her leadership, The Lantos Foundation has rapidly become a distinguished and respected voice on key human rights concerns.
Dr. Lantos Swett is the former Chair and Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and teaches Human Rights and American Foreign Policy at Tufts University. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Budapest based Tom Lantos Institute. Dr. Lantos Swett also serves on the Advisory Board of UN Watch, the annual Anne Frank Award and Lecture, and The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.
Lantos Swett earned a Political Science degree from Yale University at the age of 18, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a PhD in History from The University of Southern Denmark.
Tim Horgan started his career with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in November of 2009 as an AmeriCorps member. During his year of service, he took on the international visitor exchange programs and was able to grow the grant to a point where the Council could hire him full time. For the next eight years, Tim continued to run, grow, and expand the quality and breadth of these exchanges, peaking at over 350 visitors hosted in one year. In 2013, the National Council of International Visitors (now Global Ties US) honored Tim with the Programmer of the Year award in recognition of his high-quality programs welcoming international visitors to the New Hampshire community. In 2018, Tim took over the role of executive director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. Under his leadership, the Council has continued its growth and professionalization of its efforts. He successfully led the organization through the pandemic, pioneering virtual programming and implementing new initiatives.
Since August of 2019, Tim has continued to host, manage, produce, and edit the Global in the Granite State Podcast. This monthly audio-based program has engaged thousands of people across the world in accessible and engaging discussions on top international issues.
Tim graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Latin American Studies and a concentration in Political Science. He completed study abroad in Monterrey, Mexico, crediting the experience as one of the most formative and powerful experiences in his life. He has also traveled to southern Mexico, Argentina, Austria, the Czech Republic, and multiple trips to Canada.
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