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3rd Annual Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta/University Honors Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Holmes Student Center, University Suite 600 Lucinda Ave

Nisan Chavkin, the Executive Director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, will be giving a presentation, "Human Rights, “Open” Questions, and Democracies: Accepting the Challenges of Pluralism."

This presentation will explore the challenges to human rights posed by unresolved or “open” policy questions within and among democratic societies. The presenter will argue that a pluralist orientation toward human rights offers a more durable and workable framework for domestic and international human rights efforts involving democracies than either a relativist or an absolutist rights framework. The author will draw on experiences in democracy education Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet bloc, and Latin America.

Lecture sponsored by: Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, University Honors Program, Center for Black Studies, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming, Division of International Programs, Genocide and Human Rights Institute, STAND.

Light refreshments will be served.


Questions?  Please contact Sarah Lindell at or 753-9526.


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