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Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs

Applying liberal arts insights to address challenges around the world
The Lampert Institute encourages interdisciplinary study and debate on civic affairs and public leadership. We combine on-campus educational programs with faculty-mentored off-campus student research, allowing liberal arts insights to shape solutions to the globe’s most challenging public problems.

Lampert Institute Theme for 2017-18: Human Rights

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations. In light of this significant anniversary, and given dramatic contemporary global events, an exploration of human rights seems especially timely and relevant.

The Lampert Institute’s speaker series for 2017-8 will focus on Human Rights. The series will include discussions of issues ranging from the nature and basis of human rights to focused examinations of particular human rights – from rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression, to rights to privacy, education, and equality before the law. The rights of particular groups – of indigenous peoples, workers, migrants, and others, and the application of rights within changing contexts – of diverse cultures, rapidly developing technologies, and evolving moral and political norms, will be areas of particular emphasis. Influential critiques of universal human rights and their prominence in contemporary moral and political discourse will also be considered. By exploring and debating multiple perspectives on these issues, the series aims to generate a greater understanding of the place of human rights in national and international policy.


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Lampert Institute Speaker Discusses Altruism at Home and Far Away