Thinking out Loud; Claiming Human Rights Series
Monday, April 4, Lecture 1: The Evidence of Humanity
Wednesday, April 6, Lecture 2: Making Claims with Images
Friday, April 8, Lecture 3: Beyond Raising Awareness
Human rights are, above all, claims. Before and after they are inscribed in laws and conventions, protests and pamphlets, they are claims addressed by us, to us, and about us. This rhetorical character of rights claims offers a lever through which we can understand how they succeed or fail. The lectures will ground this account of human rights claims in a series of exemplary instances from the front pages and front lines of today’s struggles over rights.
Thomas Keenan (Bard College) directs the Human Rights Project http://hrp.bard.edu and helped create the first undergraduate degree program in human rights in the United States. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility (1997) and, with Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull (2012).
Presented by the Philosophy group at Western Sydney University, ABC Radio National, the State Library of NSW and Fordham University Press.