Join us as we unpack the evolution of the modern international human rights movement, dissect its challenges and make the case that a robust defense of universal human rights is essential against the darkness of autocracy and intolerance. **This talk is accompanied by a performance from the cellist Dara Hankins**

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

None at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Apr 28 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes


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 have the failures and contradictions of the human rights movement relegated it to the status of a failed experiment in 20th century optimism?

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.

**This talk is accompanied by a performance from the cellist Dara Hankins**

Teacher: Phelim Kine
Venue: Strand Bookstore
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