“Once you have a society that is ignorant, it becomes the breeding ground for violence; it becomes the breeding ground for intolerance.” These are the words of Kenyan human-rights activist Chris Mburu, who is coming to UCF to discuss “The Right to Education: A Solution to Global Problems.”

His presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the UCF Student Union.

Mburu has been doing human rights work for the last 20 years – first as an activist in Kenya, then while earning his LLM at Harvard Law School, and finally by working with organizations such as Amnesty International, Global Rights and the United Nations.

Mburu is heading the anti-discrimination section of the UN Human Rights Agency, based in Geneva, Switzerland. His work involves conducting research on discrimination and intolerance that could result in the commission of serious crimes.

In addition to the Global Perspectives Office, sponsors include the UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, UCF Diplomacy Program, Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation, UCF Political Science Department, UCF International Services Center, UCF LIFE, UCF Book Festival 2013 in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center, and the Global Connections Foundation.