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Jews and Human Rights: Forgotten Past, Uncertain Future
WhenMonday, Jan 28, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus roomHUB 145
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsStroum Center for Jewish Studies

The year 2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of both the state of Israel and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global anti-Semitism, and American foreign policy. Yet the surprising connections between Zionism and the origins of international human rights are completely unknown today.

Drawing on his recent book, "Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century," Professor James Loeffler of the University of Virginia will explain how and why Jews helped to build the modern human rights movement, and what this recovered history reveals about the future of both Jewish politics and international law.…
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