Jan 172013
 January 17, 2013

The National Humanities Center is hosting the second annual conference on “Human Rights & The Humanities” March 21-22. Speakers at this year’s conference will focus on the state and its role in human rights discourse, action, and intervention.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

7:00 p.m.        Keynote Address

Michael Ignatieff, University of Toronto and Harvard Kennedy School
Response: Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago and Georgetown University

Friday, March 22, 2013

8:00 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.      “Is Democracy a Human Right?”

Panelists: Catherine Gallagher, University of California, Berkeley; Anat Biletzki, Quinnipiac University and Tel Aviv University; Daniel Bell, Tsinghua University
Moderator: James Dawes, Macalester College

10:45 a.m.    “The History and Challenges of Accountability for Genocide and War Crimes”

Panelists: Ben Kiernan, Yale University; Christopher Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Richard Wilson, University of Connecticut

12:15 p.m.     Lunch

1:30 p.m.     “Tracing the Genealogy of Human Rights”

Panelists: Hans Joas, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and University of Chicago; Tom Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley; Robert Post, Yale University
Moderator: Susan Wolf, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3:15 p.m.      Concluding Talk: “Rethinking Equality”

Wang Hui, Tsinghua University
Response: David Wong, Duke University
Moderator: Jonathan Ocko, North Carolina State University

5:00 p.m.         Closing Reception

To register for the full conference, including the Thursday, March 21 opening event, please follow this link. Please note: conference registration fee of $20 ($10 for students with valid ID and senior citizens) includes all meals and sessions on Friday, March 22.

To reserve space for the Thurs., March 21 opening keynote address ONLY, please follow this link. This event is free and open to the public.

Human Rights and the Humanities is made possible through the generous support of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies Inc., Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.