Book Talk. Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century, by Kathryn Sikkink

Friday, November 3, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Harriman Institute, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Columbia Political Science Department for a talk with Kathryn Sikkink about her book Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Evidence for Hope makes the case that, yes, human rights work. Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy or even a questionable byproduct of Western imperialism. But respected human rights expert Kathryn Sikkink draws on decades of research and fieldwork to provide a rigorous rebuttal to pessimistic doubts about human rights laws and institutions. She demonstrates that change comes slowly and as the result of struggle, but in the long term, human rights movements have been vastly effective.

Join us for a history of the successes of the human rights movement and a case for why human rights work.

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her other books include The Justice Cascade and Activists Beyond Borders.