October 7th, 2013
The Inaugural Human Rightsand Social Justice Lecture
Thomas Pogge, “What Do Human Rights Demand of Us?”
5:10 – 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Zinner Forum, The Heller School
This is the first in a series of Human Rights and Social Justice Lectures launched by the Philosophy Department in the College of Arts and Sciences with the Graduate Programs in Sustainable International Development and Health at the Heller School in co-sponsorship with the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life; and the Programs in History of Ideas; Health: Science, Society and Policy; Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies; International and Global Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy
Thomas Pogge received his BA from the University of Hamburg and his PhD from Harvard. He is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, holding professorships in Philosophy and the Law School. He heads the Global Justice Program at Yale’s MacMillan Center. He is the author of John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice, Oxford 2007; World Poverty and Human Rights, Polity 2008; Kant, Rawls, and Global Justice, FCE 2009; and Politics as Usual, Polity 2010. He is also the co-editor of Global Justice as well as Global Ethics, both from Paragon House 2008 and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, Oxford & UNESCO, 2007.In addition to the question of his title: “What Do Human Rights Demand of Us?” he will address the question “Is Globalization Good for the Poor?” He will challenge the standard picture of poverty and present an alternative way to identify how many are poor in the world today. He will identify what he believes are the main causes of global poverty and inequality, focusing on the rules, institutions and practices governing the conduct and relations among nations and other international bodies, examining how these rules impact the well-being of those who are least well-off and how they may be re-written so that they have fewer adverse effects on the plight of the poor.• A Question and Answer Period will follow with a reception afterwards.
• Everything will take place in the Zinner Forum and everyone is invited.