“The Past and Future of Human Rights” with Yale Professor Samuel Moyn and launch of University Network for Human Rights at Wesleyan

Check out this event from the University Network for Human Rights!

The event will begin with a brief talk and an audience-driven Q&A with Prof. Samuel Moyn of Yale Law School on ‘The Past and Future of Human Rights’. Professor Moyn is a leading expert and critic of the human rights movement. His book The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2012, Harvard University Press) assesses the growth of the human rights movement in the 1970s. Prof. Moyn’s book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018, Harvard University Press) critiques the movement’s neutrality to the harmful consequences of the dominant neoliberal economic policies of the last several decades and its resultant failure to prioritize economic and social rights.

After the discussion, the University Network for Human Rights will launch on the campus of Wesleyan University. The University Network trains undergraduates in the practice of human rights through engagement in concrete human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy. This past week, the University Network issued a major report on the role of US weapons in Saudi/UAE-led Coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen. The report received coverage in The Washington Post, Democracy Now!, Newsweek, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Currently, the University Network is working closely with local community partners on issues of environmental racism in Louisiana, forced eviction of indigenous communities by a major dam project in India, and forced disappearances in Mexico. After Prof.
Moyn’s talk and Q&A, the University Network’s Executive Director Ruhan Nagra, President Prof. James Cavallaro of Stanford Law School, and student coordinator Hannah Smith will discuss how Wesleyan students can get involved in concrete human rights practice. Prof. Cavallaro will visit Wesleyan in the fall and teach a seminar on human rights advocacy.

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 002

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