November Forums

November 4
Rights-based Development in Africa:
Challenges and Opportunities

Conversations about human rights often occur in the abstract. Even as proclamations are made about the rights to which all people are entitled, the means of securing those rights is often unclear. In recent years, many development agencies and NGOs have endeavored to address this discrepancy by fostering human rights through economic development. Susanna Wing, professor of political science at Haverford College, has devoted much of her academic career to exploring the ways human rights and economic development intersect, especially in Africa. Join Dr. Wing as she discusses the promises and pitfalls of the rights-based approach to development.

November 11
The Full Spectrum of Human Rights:
Consensus on Respecting Human Dignity

Over the last 70 years, our society has achieved a remarkable consensus: that there are certain rights to which all people are entitled, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Significantly, these rights are generally understood not just in a civic and political context, but also in social and economic terms. Indeed, the concept of “universal human rights” has driven American foreign policy and shaped international cooperation. Join James O’Sullivan, professor of social ethics at Saint Joseph’s University, as he briefly examines how the concept of human rights became codified in the 20th century and how it continues to shape the world we live in today.

November 18
Women’s Rights in the Middle East

Western popular culture tends to caricature the Middle East as a place of authoritarian rule and religious violence, but the reality of life in that part of the world is more complicated. This is particularly true when it comes to the question of the rights of women in the region. Join Sarah Bush, professor of Political Science at Yale University, as she attempts to untangle the knots and provide a more subtle perspective on the rights of women in the Middle East.

November 25
The Reign of Christ

In the Episcopal Church, along with many other denominations, the last Sunday of the church year is designated “Christ the King Sunday.” Unlike most Sunday observances, Christ the King Sunday is a fairly recent addition to the liturgical calendar. It was celebrated for the first time in 1925. On the surface, this is surprising; we might imagine that emphasizing the “kingship” of Christ was antiquated even 100 years ago. In reality, however, the designation of Christ the King Sunday was a direct and prophetic response to the contemporary political climate. Moreover, in an age of authoritarian impulses and easy solutions, the question of Jesus Christ’s kingship has become desperately relevant today. On Sunday, November 25 at 10:30, join David Romanik in Room 1-2-3 as he discusses the origins of this feast and its continued significance.

Last Published: November 20, 2018 4:52 PM