Overcoming the Divide: Human Rights and the Splits between Left and Right

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers


In the past decades, human rights discourse has become more common. We’re used to hearing of human rights as our “highest moral precepts and political ideals,” as one historian has put it. However, why is the idea so contested – and how can it be so contested when both lefts and rights defend rights ideas, not only in the U.S., but in Europe and other locales around the world (e.g., India and Brazil)? In this presentation, I will attempt to give an overview of the international human rights regime, why rights are so fundamental to all political perspectives, and how understanding that rights are “on our mind” might be the occasion for increased political reconciliation and understanding.
Period10 Dec 2020
Held atEastern Oregon University, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Human Rights
  • Politics
  • History