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University of Tampa conference to explore human rights issues



What does science teach us about human rights? Does the death penalty violate human rights? Is there a human right to democracy or economic development? These are some of the topics to be discussed during the University of Tampa’s second annual Human Rights Day conference on April 27.

The conference, featuring panels and presentations with university faculty, students and outside speakers, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center. It is free and open to the public.

Joyce Hamilton Henry, mid-Florida director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will deliver the keynote address on “U.S. Voter Disenfranchisement and the Human Right to Vote” at 5 p.m.

Other scheduled events include:

• “Human Rights: Lessons from Science,” Bruce Freisen, associate professor of sociology, 10:05 a.m.

• “How many human rights are there? The Case for Minimalism, Maximalism and the UDHR Model,” students from UT’s Philosophy 350 Human Rights course, 11 a.m.

• “Political and Economic Rights, Transnational Narratives and Sustainable Reconciliation: An Exploratory Analysis of Sara Terry’s Fambul Tok,” Arthur Hollist, associate professor of English, Noon.

• “Does the death penalty violate human rights?,” David E. Krahl, assistant professor of criminology, and Marcus Arvan, assistant professor of philosophy, 2 p.m.

• "Faith, Values and Spirituality," Gina Firth, associate dean of wellness, 3 p.m.

The conference is organized by UT’s Human Rights Think Tank. For more information, contact Friesen at [email protected] or (813) 257-3464, or Arvan at [email protected] or (813) 257-3674.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:09pm]


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