Harper Lecture with Mark Philip Bradley: Defining Human Rights

5:00–7:30 pm
Center in Delhi


There were also Harper Lectures by Mark Philip Bradley in Mumbai on November 19 and and on November 21 in Bangalore.  The Delhi talk is online here.

The Harper Lecture series invites University of Chicago alumni and friends of the university to learn from UChicago faculty presenting their exciting new discoveries and unique perspectives. Come and debate with renowned scholars, connect with former classmates, and network with successful alumni, parents, and friends.  Videos of many past Harper lectures are available online.

Delhi Harper Lecture with Mark Philip Bradley: Defining Human Rights

Our consensus on what constitutes a human right dates back only to the 1940s, when the global human rights imagination first began to take shape. In this lecture, Mark Philip Bradley chronicled the complex histories that have formed our contemporary understanding of human rights and illustrate how that understanding has become a force behind international and local politics. In particular, he will address the Indian Supreme Court’s decision last December to uphold Section 377, the colonial-era law that criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature,” most notably, gay sex.

Mark Philip Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College, chair of the Committee on International Relations, and faculty director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago. He is the author and coeditor of several books, including the forthcoming The United States and Global Human Rights Imagination and Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn.

To learn more, download Professor Bradley’s article “American Vernaculars: The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination,” from Oxford Journals (attached pdf).  His November 2, 2012, a video of his talk at the UChicago Center in Beijing entitled "The United States and the 1940s Global Human Rights Imagination" is online here.