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13 Acts of Academic Journalism and Historical Commentary on Human Rights

Opinions, Interventions and the Torsions of Politics


Ben Dorfman

Constituted of a range of essays, the present volume addresses a variety of contemporary and historical events from human rights perspectives. Taking on issues from the American presidential election to North Korean missile tests to terrorism and «civilizational» conflict to Cold War history, the current collection seeks to speak plainly by combining academic convention with a «feuilleton» style. Aimed at students and the public as much as other academics, the essays in this book seek to make rights concepts concrete by speaking to the issues through which they become salient: international conflict, social justice problems and the historical scenes that ask us to realize all human beings’ equality and dignity – an equality and dignity this book seeks to promote.

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The Sound of Many and One: Bergen-Belsen :( May 7, 2016


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The Sound of Many and One

Bergen-Belsen (May 7, 2016)

Abstract: The Holocaust represents the nadir of both Western and world history; it’s the worst of what humanity has to had offer. How, though, do we think about the Holocaust both in terms of the event itself and its relation to larger, global views of genocide? How do we grapple with our imaginations of the Holocaust in terms of the limitations and possibilities those imaginations provide? Indeed, how does the Holocaust connect to human rights in terms of rights history and philosophy? A visit to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Lower Saxony drives such questions home – the meaning of histories of suffering and the rights that all human beings should maintain.

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