October 8 Event “Around 1948: Human Rights & Global Transformation:” Video, Photos, and Audio

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Photographs, audio, and video are now available from the October 8, 2014 event “Around 1948: Human Rights and Global Transformation.” The event featured Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University; Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University; Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History, Harvard University; and Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago. Their discussion was moderated by Eugenia Lean, Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Associate Professor of Chinese History, Columbia University.

During the event, these scholars discussed the advent and the global impact of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Professors Khalidi, Liu, and Moyn wrote essays surrounding these issues in the Summer 2014 volume of Critical Inquiry titled Around 1948, which Professor Nelson edited with Brown University professor Leela Ghandi. To read an extended interview with Professor Liu about her essay on human rights pioneer P.C. Chang, please click here. 

The event was co-sponsored by the Center for International History, Critical Inquiry, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of History, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Middle East Institute.

Video of the complete event is available here: 

 “Around 1948” is part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s Human Rights in East Asia and Beyond: Critical Perspectives series, a year-long critical examination of the issue of human rights which includes lectures and panel discussions. The next event in the series is “The North Korean Human Rights Conundrum” on Nov. 6, 2014.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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