Sunday, May 15, 2016, 3:00 pm -
a special presentation by:
Dr. Michael J. Smith
Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church,
717 Rugby Rd., Charlottesville
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights UDHR), a foundation document of the United Nations, is one of the twentieth centuries greatest diplomatic achievements and, at the same time, one of its least understood. Dr. Michael Smith will present the modern context of the UDHR and the fascinating story of its role in securing human rights in our conflicted world.
Dr. Smith is the Thomas C. Sorenson Professor of Political and Social Thought and Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He currently directs the interdisciplinary, undergraduate Program in Political and Social Thought. He teaches courses on human rights, political thought, and on ethics and international relations. He has also written extensively on the ethical dilemmas raised by contemporary international politics, and was a member of the United Nations International Commission on Sovereignty and Intervention.