William F. Schulz, 60, served as executive director of Amnesty International from 1994 to 2006. A Unitarian Universalist minister, he was appointed to the position after eight years as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We interviewed Schulz, who lives in New York, after his recent appearance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater.
What is on your nightstand?
There are two. I've got Ted Kennedy's True Compass. I knew Ted Kennedy somewhat, and that made the book particularly meaningful. I'm also reading L.A. Noir by John Buntin. I think what was intriguing to me about it was the corruption at the heart of the police process in L.A. As head of Amnesty International I dealt with police issues, but what I found interesting was showing the different forms corruption can take. I'm also reading the book because John Buntin is my cousin.
What book would you recommend to help people become more aware of current human rights issues?
I'll say Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It is a powerful book that beautifully illustrates profound injustices to girl-children and women. Anyone whose heart is a little bit open cannot help but be moved.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer