Please join the Human Rights Workshop on Wednesday, November 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science 224) for the official launch of a three-year workshop project with a discussion of
"Human Rights: Rights and Duties"
Professor John Kelly, of the Department of Anthropology, and Professor Dan Brudney, of the Department of Philosophy, will lead an open discussion to begin our multi-year exploration of the strange divergence between political theory and political realities in the lived history of "rights" and "duties."
There is no pre-circulated paper for this workshop, but participants are encouraged to consider the response made by M.K. Gandhi to H.G. Wells in the spring of 1940, when Wells solicited Gandhi's support for a proposed charter of universal human rights:
"You will permit me to say you are on the wrong track. I feel sure that I can draw up a better Charter of Rights than you have drawn up. But of what good will it be? Who will become its guardian? If you mean propaganda or popular education you have begun at the wrong end. I suggest the right way. Begin with a Charter of Duties of Man (Both D and M capitals) and I promise the rights will follow as spring follows winter. I write from experience.
"As a young man I began life by seeking to assert my rights and I soon discovered that I had none not even over my wife. So I began by discovering and performing my duty as by my wife, my children, friends, companions and society and I find today that I have greater rights, perhaps than any living man I know. If this too tall a claim then I do not know anyone who possesses greater rights than I."
Light refreshments will be served.
Please contact John McCallum, workshop coordinator, with questions or requests for assistance.
PhD Candidate, Department of History
Coordinator, Human Rights Workshop