Religion and Human Rights After the 2016 Election

The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver are pleased to welcome Professor Samuel Moyn, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, as the guest scholar of the 2017 Week of Jewish Philosophy.

This year’s public panel discussion, Religion and Human Rights After the 2016 Election,” will take place Thursday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm in Eaton Humanities 250, 1610 Pleasant Street, on the CU Boulder campus. RSVPs are appreciated as space is limited. Please email or call 303-492-7143. More information about this event can be found here:

What will the future of human rights look like after the 2016 election? How have religious traditions shaped our thinking about human dignity and democracy in the past, and how might the relationship between religion and human rights change in a time marked by developments such as populist movements, Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump? Our guest scholar, Professor Samuel Moyn, will join an interdisciplinary panel of CU and DU faculty to explore these questions, reflecting on the fraught history – and uncertain future – of religion and human rights.

In addition to Professor Moyn, panelists will include Professors Greg Johnson (Religious Studies, CU), Susan Kent (History, CU), Carl Raschke (Religious Studies, DU), and Joshua Wilson (Political Science, DU).

Samuel Moyn is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History at Harvard University. He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He has written several books on European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited a number of others. His new book, based on the Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, is Christian Human Rights (2015).

In addition to the public panel, Professor Moyn will present graduate and faculty seminars at both DU and CU.

Professor Moyn’s visit marks the third annual Week of Jewish Philosophy, a joint initiative presented by DU’s Center for Judaic Studies and CU’s Program in Jewish Studies. This year’s programs are generously cosponsored by the DU-Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion, DU’s Department of Philosophy, and CU’s Department of Religious Studies.

The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder provides an outstanding liberal arts education, fosters critical thought, and instills an appreciation of humanity’s interrelatedness and diversity by studying one of the world’s oldest global people. The Program in Jewish Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies as well as minors in Jewish Studies and Hebrew/Israel Studies. For more information visit

The Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver offers a minor in Judaic Studies, joint MA and PhD degrees, and learning opportunities with an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary faculty. For more information visit

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