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~Conference and Workshop Will Focus on "Human Rights Culture" April 30 at Wellesley College~

For immediate release:
April 15, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- “Human Rights Culture,” a conference and workshop, will be held Friday, April 30, from 9 am-5 pm in Wellesley College's Clapp Library Lecture Room. It is free and open to the public. Organized by Thomas Cushman, professor of sociology, the conference will consider the emergence of human rights culture. Rather than focusing on the problems and prospects of promoting rights, the conference goal is an examination of human rights as a cultural system of practices, ideologies, interests, values and forms of power.

Among the issues to be addressed, said Cushman, are the kinds of cultural and ideological divisions that exist within human rights culture. “What are the political practices used within the human rights culture and how do these intersect, compliment and conflict with other national and international practices?” he asks. “What is the effect of bureaucracy, money, power and the media on humanitarianism? How has the human rights community confronted Bosnia, Kosovo, the war in Afghanistan, 9/11, and the war in Iraq?”

A group of distinguished scholars will present the conference including Cushman, Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, global studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Micheline Ishay, international studies, University of Denver; Thomas Keenan, Bard College professor and director of the Human Rights Project; David Stoll, anthropology, Middlebury College; John Torpey, sociology and European studies, University of British Columbia; and Richard Wilson, human rights, University of Connecticut and director of the Human Rights Institute. For more information, call 781-283-2142.

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