The Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion and the United Nations Alliance for Civilizations Cordially Invites You to:
Workshops on Religion and Human Rights Pragmatism: Strategies for promoting rights through dialogue across religions and cultures
When: Thursday, November 10th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. & Friday, November 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Lindsay Rogers Room, 707 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
The Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion at Columbia University cordially invites you to the second conference in the series on Religion and Human Rights Pragmatism. This workshop, on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, will focus on strategies for promoting rights through persuasion and dialogue across cultural and religious divides. Presenters include representatives from the Open Society Institute, Human Rights Watch, and International Crisis Group as well as London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, the University of Massachusetts, NYU and Berkeley.
This workshop examines the process of articulating a pragmatic tactical position in fostering a discourse of human rights by asking: How assertive or confrontational should persuasive tactics be? Is it best to be open about real differences or avoid calling attention to them? Is it useful to look for least-common-denominator common ground, or is it better to have exploratory conversations where both sides grapple with issues and both are open to change? Or should all of these issues be kept tacit, so that norms change happens gradually, by insinuation and through practice? How do persuasive tactics need to be tailored to different target groups? How does dialogue within cultural or religious groups affect dialogue about rights between groups?
Presenters include: Lila Abu Lughod (Columbia), Thomas Kellogg (The Open Society Institute), Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard), Dorothy Q. Thomas, Ron Hassner (University of California-
Berkeley), Elizabeth Hurd (Northwestern), Daniel Philpott (University of Notre Dame), Stephen Hopgood (London- SOAS), Leslie Vinjamuri (London-SOAS), Sarah Leah Whitson (Human Rights
Watch), Liesl Gerntholtz (Human Rights Watch), Sally Merry (NYU) and Charli Carpenter (UMass-Amherst).