Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity: A Colloquium Series

Andrew James Nathan, Columbia University

Thu, 04/16/2009
Teaching Workshop 12:00 PM, Dickinson Hall, Room 210; Public Lecture 4:30 PM, Dickinson Hall, Room 211
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

 "Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity" provides a forum for discussion and debate on the most pressing issues of modern times: the establishment of human rights standards and, at the same time, their persistent violation. The series features a broad understanding of human rights, one that encompasses democratic citizenship as well as concerns for social, economic, and environmental justice. Its understanding of crimes against humanity is similarly broad, ranging from large-scale atrocities like ethnic cleansings, genocides, war crimes, and various forms of human trafficking to lynchings, sexual violence, and torture. The series presents prominent scholars from a broad range of disciplines and major figures in the human rights movement. 

"China's Challenge to Human Rights: Repression at Home and 'Peaceful Rising' Abroad"

Teaching Workshop: 12:00-1:15, Dickinson Hall, Room 210 - please RSVP to Barbara Leavey at or (609) 258-5893

Public Lecture:  4:30 p.m., Dickinson Hall, Room 211

Andrew James Nathan is the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.  His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights.  He is engaged in long-term research and writing on Chinese foreign policy and on sources of political legitimacy in Asia, the latter research based on data from the Asian Barometer Survey, a multi-national collaborative survey research project active in eighteen countries in Asia.

This series is organized by Eric Weitz, Stanley Kelley Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Department of History.

Cosponsored with the Department of History, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and the University Center for Human Values.