Lampert Institute Theme for 2017-18: Human Rights
2018 marks the 70th
anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations. In light of this significant anniversary, and given dramatic contemporary global events, an exploration of human rights seems especially timely and relevant.
The Lampert Institute’s speaker series for 2017-8 will focus on Human Rights. The series will include discussions of issues ranging from the nature and basis of human rights to focused examinations of particular human rights – from rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression, to rights to privacy, education, and equality before the law. The rights of particular groups – of indigenous peoples, workers, migrants, and others, and the application of rights within changing contexts – of diverse cultures, rapidly developing technologies, and evolving moral and political norms, will be areas of particular emphasis. Influential critiques of universal human rights and their prominence in contemporary moral and political discourse will also be considered. By exploring and debating multiple perspectives on these issues, the series aims to generate a greater understanding of the place of human rights in national and international policy.