James C. Harrington, J.D., a human rights attorney and founder and director emeritus of the Texas Civil Rights Project, will present a discussion at Park University on the coup in Turkey and its impact on democracy on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The event, “Perspectives on the Crisis on Turkey,” will be held in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus starting at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Harrington founded the TCRP in 1990 and served as its executive director for 25 years. Using legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change, Harrington grew the TCRP into one of the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State. Harrington has handled landmark civil rights cases, served on human rights delegations and spoken on civil society in different areas of the world. He is author of Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom and Democracy in Turkey: The Political Trials and Times of Fethullah Gülen, and The Texas Bill of Rights: A Commentary and Litigation Manual.

Harrington earned his juris doctor from the School of Law at the University of Detroit. He also earned a Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Detroit and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He has served as an adjunct professor in the law schools at the University of Texas and St. Mary’s University (in San Antonio).

The presentation is co-sponsored by the University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, the International Relations Counciland the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest – Kansas City branch.