Fragile Freedoms: the series continues

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The lecture series “Fragile Freedoms: the global struggle for the respect of human rights” continues with the second lecture fast approaching. With different perspectives on the topic at each presentation, the invitees are prestigious speakers from around the world. As part of their work and their research, these great thinkers have become experts on issues relating to human rights, the impact of these rights on individual lives and their place in the modern world. 

The brainchild of Professor Arthur Schafer, this lecture series became reality through a collaboration between the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). With the opening planned for 2014, this very special Museum intends to be a place for discussion, learning and discovery about human rights. In anticipation, this lecture series is giving the public a taste of what’s to come once the Museum opens.

At the first lecture, which took place on September 16, the attendees had the pleasure of listening to A.C. Grayling talk about the issue of “Human rights: past and future”. Following this great success, we welcome Professor Martha Nussbaum who will speak on October 25. Professor Nussbaum will deepen our understanding of another topic related to Fragile Freedoms and talk about “The capabilities approach to human rights”.

A person speaking in front of an audience.

A.C. Grayling spoke to a full room during the first installment of the Fragile Freedoms Lecture Series. (Photo Credit: Aaron Cohen / CMHR)

Nussbaum has taught at Harvard, Brown and Oxford Universities and has authored many books on human rights, including: The Fragility of Goodness, Sex and Social Justice, Liberty of Conscience, Not for Profit, and Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach. From 1986 to 1993, she was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, in Helsinki, which is part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women and the Committee for Public Philosophy. 

The lecture series concept turned out to be so successful that the tickets for the three first lectures sold out within a few days. If you were unable to get tickets, the Martha Nussbaum lecture will be broadcast on the CBC Ideas program on October 31. The lecture series continues until May 24, 2014. Tickets for some lectures are still available, for more information, click here: fragilefreedoms.com.

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