Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance

Presented with Strand Bookstore


Universal human rights values are under attack globally. Populist demagogues are on the rise, scapegoating refugees, immigrants and minorities. Those populists channel a toxic blend of nativism, xenophobia, racism and Islamaphobia while dismissing universal human rights as unaffordable luxuries or worse, dangerous liabilities to a secure society. These trends pose a visceral threat to the very real accomplishments of the international human rights movement.

What is the relevance of human rights in the aftermath of Aleppo and the emergency of autocrats exploiting the alienation of people left behind by the social and economic dislocations of globalization? Is the defense of universal human rights values the antidote to this spreading virus of intolerance, or e

Join the resistance with Hunter College Adjunct Professor Phelim Kine as he unpacks the evolution of the modern international human rights movement, dissects its challenges and makes the case that a robust defense of universal human rights is essential in back against the darkness of autocracy and intolerance.


Recommended reading from Penguin Press:

“Ben Ehrenreich’s rendition of the Palestinian experience is powerful, deep and heartbreaking, so much closer to the ground than the Middle East reporting we usually see. I wish there were more writers as brave.” —Adam Hochschild



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828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue, the walls lined with leather-bound treasures from a book hand printed in 1480 to a limited edition Ulysses signed by Henri Matisse, the illustrator, and by James Joyce. 


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