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Eric Posner and Geoffrey Stone - "The Twilight of International Human Rights Law" - International House (Tuesday, January 27 at 6pm)
Partnering with the International House and the Law School, the Seminary Co-op is pleased to present Eric Posner
and Geoffrey Stone. The discussion on Posner's latest The Twilight of International Human Rights Law will take place at the International House on January 15, at 6pm.
Countries solemnly intone their commitment to human rights, and they ratify endless international treaties and conventions designed to signal that commitment. At the same time, there has been no marked decrease in human rights violations, even as the language of human rights has become the dominant mode of international moral criticism. Well-known violators like Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan have sat on the U.N. Council on Human Rights. But it's not just the usual suspects that flagrantly disregard the treaties. Brazil pursues extrajudicial killings. South Africa employs violence against protestors. India tolerate child labor and slavery. The United States tortures.
In The Twilight of Human Rights Law--the newest addition to Oxford's highly acclaimedInalienable Rights series edited by Geoffrey Stone--the eminent legal scholar Eric A. Posner argues that purposefully unenforceable human rights treaties are at the heart of the world's failure to address human rights violations. Because countries fundamentally disagree about what the public good requires and how governments should allocate limited resources in order to advance it, they have established a regime that gives them maximum flexibility--paradoxically characterized by a huge number of vague human rights that encompass nearly all human activity, along with weak enforcement machinery that churns out new rights but cannot enforce any of them. Posner looks to the foreign aid model instead, contending that we should judge compliance by comprehensive, concrete metrics like poverty reduction, instead of relying on ambiguous, weak, and easily manipulated checklists of specific rights.
With a powerful thesis, a concise overview of the major developments in international human rights law, and discussions of recent international human rights-related controversies, The Twilight of Human Rights Law is an indispensable contribution to this important area of international law from a leading scholar in the field.
Eric A. Posner teaches at the University of Chicago. He has written nine books and more than one hundred articles on international law, constitutional law, and other topics. He has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Slate,and other popular media. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute
Geoffrey Stone joined the faculty at the University of Chicago Law SChool in 1973, after serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He later served as Dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1994, and Provost of the University of Chicago from 1994 to 2002. Stone is the author of many books on constitutional law, including Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty and Justice; Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark; War and Liberty: An American Dilemma; Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime; and Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era.
Location: Street: 1414 E 59th St City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Sian Beilock - "How the Body Knows Its Mind" - Illinois Science Council (Tuesday, January 27 at 6pm)
The Illinois Science Council and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore will host Sian Beilock
in a discussion of her latest book, How the Body Knows Its Mind
, downtown on January 27.
Click here to RSVP.
Location: Street: 175 W. Washington St. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60602 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Richard Maxwell - "Theater for Beginners" - with Lin Hixson (Wednesday, January 28 at 6pm)
Chicago native returns from New York City to discuss his newest title, Theater for Beginnersi, the latest step in his wildly successful drama career. Richard Maxwell, of Illinois State University and co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department, is the Artistic Director of the New York City Players. A playwright and director, Maxwell is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and Obie Award, and his plays have been comissioned and performed in over sixteen countries. He is considered by The New Yorker to be "one of the strongest directors out there--an artist committed to making us see the world for what it is." Read The New Yorker's interview with Richard Maxwell here, and about his recieving the Guggenheim Fellowship here. Richard Maxwell will be joined by longtime friend and fellow dramatist Lin Hixson, professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-founder of the Chicago theater company, Every House Has a Door.
Location: Street: 5751 S Woodlawn Ave. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Laurence Ralph - "Renegade Dreams" - CIS (Thursday, January 29 at 5pm)
The Center for International Studies is hosting Laurence Ralph
on his latest title, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore will be providing book sales. Every morning Chicagoans wake up to the same stark headlines that read like some macabre score: "13 shot, 4 dead overnight across the city," and nearly every morning the same elision occurs: what of the nine other victims? As with war, much of our focus on inner-city violence is on the death toll, but the reality is that far more victims live to see another day and must cope with their injuries--both physical and psychological--for the rest of their lives. Renegade dreams is their story. Walking the streets of one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods--where the local gang has been active for more than fifty years--Laurence Ralph talks with people whose lives are irrecoverably damaged, seeking to understand how they cope and how they can be better helped. Going deep into a West Side neighborhood most Chicagoans only know from news reports--a place where children have been shot just for crossing the wrong street--Ralph unearths the fragile humanity that fights to stay alive there, to thrive, against all odds. He talks to mothers, grandmothers, and pastors, to activists and gang leaders, to the maimed and the hopeful, to aspiring rappers, athletes, or those who simply want safe passage to school or a steady job. Gangland Chicago, he shows, is as complicated as ever. It's not just a warzone but a community, a place where people's dreams are projected against the backdrop of unemployment, dilapidated housing, incarceration, addiction, and disease, the many hallmarks of urban poverty that harden like so many scars in their lives. Recounting their stories, he wrestles with what it means to be an outsider in a place like this, whether or not his attempt to understand, to help, might not in fact inflict its own damage. Ultimately he shows that the many injuries these people carry--like dreams--are a crucial form of resilience, and that we should all think about the ghetto differently, not as an abandoned island of unmitigated violence and its helpless victims but as a neighborhood, full of homes, as a part of the larger society in which we all live, together, among one another. Laurence is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of Renegade dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago (University of Chicago Press). He holds a PhD and Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in History, Technology and Society. Classics 110
Location: Street: 1010 59th St City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Cornel West - "The Radical King" - Rockefeller (Sunday, February 1 at 2pm)
At Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC), the Office of Civic Engagement's UChicago Engages Series, and Beacon Press.
A revealing collection that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X Every year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became one of the most recognizable leaders of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. Arranged thematically in four parts, The Radical King includes twenty-one selections, curated and introduced by Cornel West, that illustrate King’s revolutionary Christian vision as a democratic socialist, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism. The King Legacy is a partnership between the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beacon Press. Beacon has published Dr. King’s most important writings and orations, and has worked with leading scholars and civil rights activists, who have delved into archives, to create entirely new books.
About the Author
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century’s most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in US history, King also authored several books, including Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, and Why We Can’t Wait. His speeches, sermons, and writings are inspirational and timeless. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
Cornel West, one of America’s most gifted and provocative intellectuals, has been profoundly influenced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A professor at Union Theological Seminary, Dr. West has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. The recipient of more than twenty honorary degrees, he has written many important books, including the best-selling Race Matters and Democracy Matters. He lives in New York City.
Location: Street: 5850 S Woodlawn Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
One Country, Three Languages: Literature from Spain (Monday, February 2 at 6pm)
In partnership with New York Review Books, the Committee on Creative Writing, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Joan Coromines Chair of Catalan Studies, the Co-op proudly presents a translation panel on literature from Spain, centered around Peter Bush's award-winning new translation of Joseph Pla's Catalan masterpiece The Gray Notebook
. Experts in Catalan, Spanish, and Basque translation join us for a discussion on the art of rendering into English a range of literatures representing the diverse cultures of Spain. Peter Bush, winner of the 2014 Ramon Llull Literary Translation Prize, Basque-English literary translator Amaia Gabantxo, and Words Without Borders editorial director Susan Harris team up to explain the intricacies of language and communication on the Iberian Peninsula and around the world. About the participants: Peter Bush is an award-winning translator who lives in England. Among his recent translations are Ramón del Valle-Inclan’s Tyrant Banderas and Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook, both published by NYRB Classics, Teresa Solana’s Crazy Tales of Blood and Guts, Mercè Rodoreda’s In Diamond Square, Najat El Hachmi’s The Body Hunter and several books by Juan Goytisolo. He was won the 2014 Ramon Llull Literary Translation Prize, for the best book translated from Catalan, for The Gray Notebook. Amaia Gabantxo is a writer, a flamenco singer and literary translator specialized in Basque literature who graduated from the renowned MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in the UK. She currently teaches Basque language and literature and creative writing at the University of Chicago. Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words without Borders and the coeditor with Ilya Kaminsky of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.
This event is part of a mini-symposium on Spanish literatures, "Translating the Literatures of Spain: The Gray Notebook and Beyond." Please join us for the following events on February 3rd at the University of Chicago: Tuesday, February 3, 12-1:30pm "Editing Translation – The Case of The Gray Notebook" (Open to public; students in Creative Writing and Romance Languages highly encouraged to attend) Logan Center, Room 801 Workshop participants to consider drafts and edits of passages from Josep Pla's The Gray Notebook as well as published versions in French and Spanish. Tuesday, February 3, 6 pm "On Becoming a Writer - Lecture on Josep Pla's The Gray Notebook" Logan Center, Seminar Terrace Room Josep Pla wrote his astonishing diary in 1918-1919 when he was twenty-one though it was only published in the 1966. He describes life in Barcelona and on the Costa Brava and the process of becoming a writer in a language that was both stateless and non-standardized yet with a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages This is the first work by Pla, a major European writer, to be translated into English.
Location: Street: 5751 S Woodlawn Ave. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Charles Baxter (Wednesday, February 11 at 6pm)
, Harmony of the World
, Saul and Patsy
, The Feast of Love
, The Soul Thief
, Through the Safety Net
, First Light
, There's Something I Want You to Do
, The Would-be Father)Charles Baxter
is the author of the novels The Feast of Love
(nominated for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief
, Saul and Patsy
, Shadow Play, and First Light, and the story collections Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. The stories “Bravery” and “Charity,” which appear in There’s Something I Want You to Do, were included in Best American Short Stories. Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. (added from Random House)… (more)
D. N. Rodowick, Elegy for Theory (Friday, March 13 at 6pm)
Russell H. Tuttle, Apes and Human Evolution (Friday, March 20 at 6pm)
Gary Willis - "The Future of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis" (Saturday, March 21 at 3pm)
The New York Times bestselling historian takes on a pressing question in modern religion—will Pope Francis embrace change?
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from the Americas, offers a challenge to his church. Can he bring about significant change? Should he?
Garry Wills, the prizewinning historian, argues that changes have been the evidence of life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad consequences, more often with good—good enough to make it perdure. In this brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and serious changes that have taken place (or are taking place) within the last century. None of them was effected by the pope all by himself.
As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history of the Church that we can understand Pope Francis’s and the Church’s challenges, and, as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impact only if the Church, the people of God, support them. In reading the Church’s history, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. The challenge that Pope Francis offers the Church is its ability to undertake new spiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the example of Jesus.
GARRY WILLS is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Location: Street: 5751 S Woodlawn Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Kazuo Ishiguro (Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm)
(An Artist of the Floating World
, A pale view of hills
, Never let me go
, The Remains of the Day
, The Unconsoled, The
Buried Giant, When We Were Orphans
, Nunca Me Abandones
's seven previous books have won him wide renown and numerous honors. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never let me go have more than 1,000,000 copies in print across platforms, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. (added from Random House)… (more)
Saskia Sassen, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Sunday, May 3 at 3pm)