“What are we supposed to do when we see calamities unfolding before us on the television screen? When evil falls upon the heads of the innocent, what are our responsibilities as global citizens?”

July 31 – August 3, 2011

In the mid-20th century, after some of the most appalling acts of cruelty and slaughter in human history, political leaders, intellectuals, and activists around the world responded not with despair, but with acts of grace, courage, and self-sacrifice that continue to inspire. Out of this combination of anguish and hope, the contemporary human rights movement was born. By studying the human rights movement from multiple perspectives—philosophy, the arts, law, the social sciences—we will seek to answer the question that continues to drive human rights workers around the globe and in our own communities: How can we right the wrongs of the world?