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Human Rights, Global Ethics and the Ordinary Virtues

Human Rights, Global Ethics and the Ordinary Virtues
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Sep 23rd, 12:00 pm End: Sep 23rd, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Law, Faculty of , Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Michael Ignatieff

Munk School of Global Affairs presents

Human Rights, Global Ethics and the Ordinary Virtues

This event will also be streamed via live webcast at the following link:

When she proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt looked forward to a day when human rights would become a shared global ethic for ordinary people around the world. Eighty years later, it's time to ask whether Eleanor Roosevelt's dream has come true. Using three years of field work with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Michael Ignatieff explores the global reach of human rights and its complex relation to the virtues that ordinary people use to guide their conduct in a world of relentless change.

Michael Ignatieff is a writer, teacher and former politician. Born in Canada, educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard University, he has written award-winning books, worked as a television presenter and documentary filmmaker, editorial columnist and university teacher. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, Cambridge University, the London School of Economics and Harvard University, where he was Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government between 2000 and 2005. He is a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and holds eleven honorary degrees. Between 2006 and 2011, he was Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Lakeshore, Deputy Leader and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Between 2011 and 2013, he held a professorial appointment at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. In 2014, he rejoined the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University as Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Politics and the Press. He also serves as Centennial Chair of the Project on Global Ethics at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York. On 1 August, 2016 he became President and Rector of the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. He is a recently appointed Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs.


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