James Loeffler, “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy”

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights amid a time of crisis for global democracy. It is imperative that we revisit the history of the modern Human Rights movement and reexamine the relationship between the Holocaust, the legal framework of Human Rights, and the struggle to find justice on the global scale.

In this talk, James Loeffler draws on his new book, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, to revisit the 1948 moment in which modern human rights was born. This talk will also address the challenges and opportunities for minorities and stateless peoples by focusing on Jewish human rights pioneers who saw the Jewish state as an expression of global democracy. Join THI to ask where Human Rights come from, how Jews are part of the story, and if Zionism is in conflict with the modern Human Rights movement?

RSVP appreciated, seating is first come, first served-please visit www.thi.ucsc.edu for RSVP link. Reception to follow.

If you have disability-related needs, please contact [email protected] or call 831-459-1274 by February 16th.

Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Cowell Hay Ranch Ranch View Rd. Santa Cruz, CA., 95064

Event Type

Arts & Culture, Literary







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