YAKIMA, Wash. -- Journalist and human rights advocate Kati Marton was the featured speaker at Wednesday's Yakima Town Hall at the Capitol Theatre.
Marton spoke about her latest book, "Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America," and shared personal accounts of her parents when they were arrested in cold war Budapest.
She has contributed to several national news organizations and has been an advocate for children in war zones while working for the United Nations.
"I believe that history is too important to be left to historians. We need actual human witnesses. People who actually experienced that history, and I did," Marton said.
Marton is currently Chair of the International Women's Health Coalition, a global leader promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. A director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization founded to monitor abuses against the press and promote press freedom around the world, she also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, the New America Foundation and the Central European University.
The next Town Hall is April 13 and will feature Shawn Achor. As the ceo of a psychology consulting firm, Achor travels the world giving talks on positive psychology.
Story and video courtesy of KNDO/KNDU
Posted March 10, 2011
"My dear friend Henry Winkler was right....Yakima Town Hall's hospitality knows no bounds. You are warm, generous, yet seriously professional women and I can see why all your speaker guests request return invitations. And who knew they could cook colcannon in this part of the world. That was the most fantastic dinner and lovely reception. I'm heading west next year and will try to make a detour to Yakima. I'm sure you can guarantee me a full house." - Ronan Tynon, Ireland's Inspirational & Gifted Tenor