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April 3 Provost’s Lecture: Seeing Human Rights Through Film

Mark Gibney
Mark Gibney
Mark Gibney

Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina, Asheville and an affiliated professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden. He is also a member of the Economic and Social Rights Group, Human Rights Center at the University of Connecticut. Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale, which measures levels of physical integrity violations in more than 185 countries. He is also one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations Human Rights Consortium, which in November 2011, produced the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In 2011, Gibney was recognized by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association as a Distinguished Human Rights Scholar and in 2006, he received the International Human Rights Award from the North Carolina Coalition on Human Rights. His book, Watching Human Rights: The 101 Best Films, is devoted to reviewing and analyzing human rights through film.

Abstract: Although human rights has achieved near-universal acceptance in political discourse, violations of those standards continue unabated. This talk will addresses how film – feature films, documentaries, animations and even personal videos – can assist us in seeing human rights violations, including our own contributions to such egregious practices, but also in understanding the manner in which human rights can (and should) be protected and enforced.

This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1.

Co-Sponsors: Center for Integration of Business Education & Humanities, College of Business

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