The fourth lecture in the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations 2007-2008 lecture series, "Religion and Human Rights: When Are Rights Not Right?,” presented by Alison Boden, Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, was held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall. The lecture was free and open to the public.
Boden received an A.B. from Vassar, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Bradford (UK). An actress before turning to ministry, Boden also earned a diploma from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. She has since served as Dean of the Chapel and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago and as University Chaplain at Bucknell University. Her writing and teaching interests have focused on such topics as human rights and religion, religion and violence, religion in the academy, and a variety of social justice issues. She is the author of Women’s Rights and Religious Practice: Claims in Conflict (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008). She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.