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The international hypocrisy and the human rights according to a popular political science professor of St Petersburg

Dr William Felice talks about his passion for teaching, human rights and his coming retirement this month. Dr. William Felice was named the Florida Professor of 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. By Philip Morgan

Times Correspondent

Dr. William Felice, a popular political science professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, is set to retire May 23 after 26 years at the school. He has written six books on human rights and ethics in international relations. In 2006 he was named the Florida Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Felice, 70, talked with the Tampa Bay Times about what he sees as progress in global human rights; the joy of teaching; his own health scare; and the importance of a liberal arts education.

How did you get interested in human rights?

I first became interested in human rights in college, back in the ’70s. I think it was during the Vietnam War, and the Black student movement (that) was happening there (the University of Washington).But then when I graduated from college I spent a year in Latin America. I was really exposed to issues of human rights violations across […]

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