HRS Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

Despite the numerous references, in international human rights instruments, to the right to freedom of religion, the relation between human rights and religion has been problematic. On the one hand, religious communities and advocates have often criticized the human rights discourse for its “secular bias;” on the other hand, human rights activists have often criticized religion as a force of reaction and as a source of inter as well as intra-societal tensions. Our series will seek to go beyond facile designations and explore the dynamics of this relation in light of the growing role of religious ideas and actors in the global arena and of the initiatives undertaken by faith-based institutions in a whole set of critical issue areas, including peace and security, sustainable development, accountability and empowerment.
FALL 2009
Thursday, October 8:
Kirk Harris, Program Associate, The United Nations Liaison Office of the Mennonite Central Committee,” Intersecting Narratives: Faith, Food, and Human Rights” Room: 9206 
Thursday, November 19:
Dr. Robert Zuber, UN Emergency Peace Service and Global Action to Prevent War, Daniel Prins, Head of the Conventional Arms Branch in the United Nations’ Office for Disarmament Affairs, “Religious Congregations and ‘Good Faith’ Efforts to Promote Human Rights, Human Security and a Culture of Peace, Curbing the Excessive Accumulation of Small Arms”. Room: 9206
Thursday December 10
Yuksel Sezgin, Assistant Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York,” How to Integrate International Human Rights Principles into Religious and Customary Legal Systems”. Room C205 (Flyer and PowerPoint need to be found and uploaded)
Thursday February 25:
Jacqueline Ogega, Director, Program at Religions for Peace, overseeing the Global Women of Faith Network worldwide, and PhD researcher, University of Bradford, UK.