Topics will include: the origins of the modern concept of human rights during the Enlightenment and the American and French Revolutions; the creation of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in response to World War II and the Holocaust; the role of Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, John Lewis and lesser known figures in the human rights struggle; and the current global decline of democracy and human rights.
Dr. Louise Loe is Professor Emerita at JMU, where she has taught since 1973. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fields of specialty include Russian History, European History, and Modern Human Rights.
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