Spring 2010 Schedule
Feb. 5 Enchanted by a Chimera: Has 'Human
Rights' Discourse Colonized the "Free Burma" Movement?
With Elliott Prasse-Freeman
Note Special Time and Venue: 2:30-4:00pm, Bolton Classroom,
The tentative argument, subject to challenge by study group
participants, is that the discourse of 'Human Rights' has actually
colonized Burma's political opposition, overwriting the socio-cultural
and political experiences and idioms that emerge from Burmese society
with the pseudo-'universal' normative claims and demands of 'Human Rights'
Feb. 19 Social Movements and Human Dignity: Why Do
People Seek Social Change?
With James Jasper. James Jasper's research and theory on
social movements has emphasized two dimensions, their emotions and their
strategic choices. What these tend to share is a respect for their subject
matter and a concern for human capacities.
March 22, noon-1:30pm Shifting Patterns of Dissent
and Repression in a Changing China
With Jeffrey Wasserstrom. This talk will look at
continuities and changes since the late 1970s in the things that
have led Chinese citizens to write manifestos criticizing the
government or take to the streets, and at the ways state responses
to these activities have changed.
March 26, 3-4:30pm Our Bondage, Our Freedom: The
Long History of Slavery and Abolition.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Director, Human Rights and Social
Movements Program, will present a talk entitled, "Our Bondage,
Our Freedom: The Long History of Slavery and Abolition."
April 16, 3-4:30pm A Blight on the Nation: Slavery in
Ron Soodalter, co-author (with Kevin Bales) of The Slave
Next Door, will present a talk entitled, "A Blight on the Nation:
Slavery in Today's America."
Fall 2009 Schedule
Sept. 18 Margin or Mainstream: Is Human Rights a
A discussion of how social movements have shaped human rights discourse
with Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Elliott
Sept. 25 On Gender and Justice: Can Feminism Go Global?
A discussion of the global implications of feminism with Kim
Gandy, Fall Institute of Politics Fellow and former president, National
Organization for Women.
Oct. 16 The Politics of Identity: Are Gay Rights
and Civil Rights Human Rights?
A discussion of the problem of coalition building in rights-based social
movements with Rev. Irene Monroe, activist, theologian,
and Huffington Post blogger.
Oct. 30 On Difference and Domination: Can Islamists
Have Human Rights?
A discussion of human rights in the Middle East with Sayres
Rudy, visiting professor, Hampshire College, and Malalai
Joya, Afghan Parliamentarian.
Nov. 13 Opiate of the Masses or Tool of
Liberation: What’s God Got to Do With It?
A discussion of the Accra Confession with Jonathan Page, Epps Fellow
and assistant chaplain, The Memorial Church, and Susan Abraham,
assistant professor, Harvard Divinity School.
Dec. 2 Suspending Indigenous Rights: Paternalism and Coercion
in Australia's 'Intervention' in Aboriginal Communities.
A special brown-bag lunch talk by Sarah Maddison, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean,
Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of South Wales.
Dec. 4 Disposable or Indispensable: Why Does Slavery
A discussion of modern-day slavery and human trafficking with Ben
Skinner and Siddharth Kara, Carr Center Fellows.