Longtime advocate for children urges Stanford audience to stand up for kids

Stanford Report

December 2, 2011

 

As the 2011 Rathbun Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, Mrs. Edelman spent three days on the Palo Alto, Calif., campus last week meeting with small groups of students and delivered the fourth annual Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life. Mrs. Edelman told a Stanford audience last Wednesday that the United States is failing the "Bonhoeffer test," which measures the morality of a society by the way it treats its children. Edelman said she mentions Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Protestant theologian who died opposing the Holocaust, in almost every speech she gives. She continued that tradition Wednesday when she delivered the fourth annual Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life, a yearly address that honors the late Stanford law Professor Harry Rathbun. The lecture was the culmination of her three-day visit to campus as the 2011 Rathbun Visiting Fellow. "Bonhoeffer believed, and I share that belief, that the test of morality of a society is how it treats its children," Edelman said at the beginning of a 50-minute lecture in Memorial Auditorium that ended with a 15-minute question-and-answer period.
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