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Biden coming to UConn for human rights center dedication

President Joe Biden is coming back to Connecticut.

According to a news release from the University of Connecticut, Biden, former U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Dodd "and other dignitaries" will be in Storrs on Friday for the dedication of The Dodd Center for Human Rights, which the UConn board of trustees decided to rename after both Dodd and his late father, Thomas Dodd, also a former senator.

Other dignitaries expected to attend include UConn President Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, Gov. Ned Lamont, members of Connecticut's congressional delegation and others.

Biden was last in the state in May, when he came to New London to address the graduating cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Friday's event is titled "Human Rights for the Next Generation" and is by invitation only, though the public can view via livestream.

The facility originally was dedicated as the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in 1995. It stands next to the university's Homer Babbidge library and facilitates research for students and faculty of all disciplines, as it contains the archives and special collections of UConn's libraries, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and the Human Rights Institute.

"I'm deeply grateful to UConn for recognizing me and my family by dedicating The Dodd Center for Human Rights, and I'm honored that my good friend President Biden is joining us to mark this occasion," Chris Dodd said in the university's news release. He served as a U.S. representative from 1975 to 1981, and senator from 1981 to 2011.

Thomas Dodd was a lead prosecutor during the 1946 International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which ultimately convicted 19 Nazi leaders of war crimes and other charges.


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