Lecture on "The Dark Side of Human Rights"

I'm posting this lecture early as a way of drawing your attention to the Drury U Humanities events this Spring. They include a speaker series and a reading group, and the film series continues at the Moxie. Please see the document under "Files" for the current listings. In particular, I thought you might enjoy the first lecture by Dr. Adam Potthast, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Park University, entitled “The Dark Side of Human Rights: Should We Defend Rape Jokes, Fred Phelps, and Intolerant Cultures?” The location is the Drury University Diversity Center, NW corner of Drury Lane and Bob Barker Avenue. Free parking across Drury Lane. A reception will follow. See the campus map under files, location 41.

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  • Roger P.

    His idea could easily apply to 2nd amendment concerns. The bill of rights are restrictions placed on the government--as he said, negative rights. But with a right comes responsibility, as he argued. He did not say, but implied or I inferred John Donne's "No man is an island," there is a piece of humanity in all of us. If this is true, what responsibilities are implied to prevent the recent tragedies we've all seen in the past years? Or are we beyond being rational in placing some restrictions on ourselves for fear of not being able to buy any weapon we want, even if we don't belong to a "well regulated militia."

    March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Speaker was good but not great - wasn't as well organized in his presentation as I expected - he was not very tall and needed a shorter lectern or something to stand on. Where I was seated I had a difficult time seeing him and, therefore, was a little distracted during the lecture - I found myself shifting around to see him better. I found his argument that we need a Bill of Responsibilities quite good - with rights always come responsibilities and that had not occurred to me in this context. In the end, this is such a complex subject that it almost defies resolution. As a result, the time allotted for the lecture was really too short.

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Lacy

      I think the Drury students may have been more interesting speakers. They seemed very articulate and intelligent!

      March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Humm. The question posed implies that we who are doing the considering are tolerant. What does it mean to be tolerant? As that someone said, "Define your terms." Must we who are tolerant, or at least believe that we are tolerant, defend behavior that is confrontational, immoral, brutal, lacking empathy, etc., etc. - This has been fertile soil for discussions through the ages and will continue to be so; however, those who are affluent, or at least relatively so, spend more time in consideration of this subject. Those who are hungry, without shelter or hope seem not to do so - allowing for the exceptional few who do so despite the condition of their lives.

    February 28, 2014

  • Pam A.

    I've been asked to invite you all to a public discussion that will follow the next day. Here are the details: Public discussion panel featuring Adam Potthast, Stephanie Perkins (of the local advocacy organization PROMO), and Craig Titus (Drury philosophy faculty) 12-2pm, Tuesday, 3/11, at the Midtown Public Library branch. From Craig Titus: "Adam’s work has been centered on normative ethics, where my own research has been in political and philosophical issues of human rights. Stephanie has featured prominently in local political discussions of civil/human/LGBT rights. It should be fun!"

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • Jim Z.

      Fun works!

      February 26, 2014

  • Pam A.

    A location has been added for this lecture (see link and map uploaded under "files").

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Jonathan C.

    Hi, Pam. Hope you are well. Do you have a listing of the film series?

    January 28, 2014

    • Pam A.

      Hi Jonathan.`They are at the end of the document under 'More/Files', but there are only 3 left so here they are: Humanities Film Series at the Moxie http://humanities.dru...­
      3/29: Dr. Kevin Henderson (English) presents Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948)
      4/5: Dr. Hue-ping Chin (History) presents Ki-Duk Kim’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (2003)….
      4/12: Dr. Elizabeth Nichols (Spanish) will present Chris Rock’s Good Hair (2009)

      January 29, 2014

    • Jonathan C.

      So kind of you, Pam. Thanks.

      January 29, 2014

  • Roger P.

    I'm a bit confused by: "please see the document under 'Files'--where would I, we, find this document?

    January 28, 2014

    • Pam A.

      Way up at the top where it says "Home Members Sponsors....More", put your mouse over "More" and it will show a drop-down menu including "Files".

      January 28, 2014

    • Roger P.

      Thanks!

      January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can hardly wait for this conversation.

    January 28, 2014

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