Biden to visit UConn for dedication of Dodd Center


STORRS, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to visit the University of Connecticut for the dedication of a human rights center named after former U.S. Sens. Thomas and Christopher Dodd.

The Dodd Center for Human Rights serves as an umbrella home for the school’s human rights programs and archives. Those include the Human Rights Institute, which houses the largest undergraduate and graduate human rights program at a public university in the U.S. and Dodd Impact, which focuses on community-based human rights initiatives.

It had been known as the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center since its opening in 1995, named for the late senator who also was a lead prosecutor for the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II.

UConn’s Board of Trustees voted in August to change the name to the Dodd Center for Human Rights to recognize the work of both Democratic senators and their family.

“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,” said former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, who is Thomas Dodd’s son. He served as a senator from 1981 to 2011, gaining a reputation as a human rights advocate for his work to end abuses in Central America.

Biden and Christopher Dodd will be joined at the dedication by guests including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and members of the state’s congressional delegation.

The ceremony will be by invitation only, but will be streamed online by the university.

The last visit by a sitting president was in 1995, when Bill Clinton was on hand for the original dedication of the center.

The president also plans to make a stop in Hartford to promote his “build back better” agenda and will talk about investing in child care as a way to keep costs down for working families, the White House press office said in a statement. Lamont said Biden is expected to visit a Hartford area child care center.

“He’ll be spending a fair amount of time here,” Lamont said of the president.

The Democratic governor said he plans to talk to Biden about how the state needs federal funding for child care programs and transportation improvements, including rehabilitation of the aging Gold Star Bridge on Interstate 95 between Groton and New London.


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