The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Rev. William Schulz and John Cerone, with Jasmine Waddell, presenting "The State of Human Rights" from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston.

With myriad political, social, and economic changes across the globe in the last decade, the public is eagerly questioning the effects on our worldwide fight for human rights.

Rev. William Schulz, CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, discusses the United States’ recent progress in upholding human rights and which geopolitical areas will soon need the most attention.

John Cerone, professor of human rights law and the U.S. member of the International Law Association’s (ILA) International Human Rights Law Committee, delves into the United Nations’ original intentions with the Millennium Development Goals and the likelihood of fulfilling them by 2015.

Jasmine Waddell, visiting lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, moderates their exchange on critical steps to ensure these fundamental rights to all.

The program, a Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Forum, is co-presented by Old South Meeting House and Suffolk University’s Model United Nations.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.