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Albany Law School President & Dean Penelope (Penny)
Andrews delivered the 2013 Paul Robeson Lecture, "A Champion for
African Freedom: Paul Robeson and the Struggle Against Apartheid," at
Columbia Law School on Feb. 28, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
Paul Robeson graduated from Columbia Law School in 1922 and had a varied career as a lawyer, social activist, actor and singer. His activism spanned from the U.S. civil rights movement to serving as chairman of the Council of African Affairs for most of its existence.
Dean Andrews grew up in apartheid South Africa, fighting for equal rights. Her teaching and advocacy for the indigenous populations, with a focus on women’s rights, have spanned numerous countries. Her most recent book is From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights.
An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—is given by the South African law school at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.