W. Robert Connor discusses “The Idea of a Civil Society,” human rights conference focusing on Latin America. At the time of this interview. Connor was Director of the National Humanities Center, host of the conference. In the second segment [at 13.30], diplomat and activist Patricia Derian, an invited speaker at the conference, speaks about her first-hand knowledge of civil rights issues in Latin America in the 1980s. This episode of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.