Lecture: Christian Human Rights


Location: 155 DeBartolo Hall

The ​Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the Toqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life are pleased to announce the public lecture by Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, on his book Christian Human Rights.

Commentaries will be provided by John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History; and Paolo G. Carozza, Director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Director of the JSD Program in International Human Rights Law, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science.

In Christian Human Rights, Professor Moyn argues that human rights rose to public prominence in the space opened up by two key developments of the early Cold War. By focusing on the 1930s and 1940s, Moyn demonstrates how the language of human rights was separated from the secular heritage of the French Revolution and put to use by postwar democracies governed by Christian parties, which reinvented them to impose moral constraints on individuals, support conservative family structures, and preserve existing social hierarchies.

In addition to his public lecture, Samuel Moyn will offer undergraduate, graduate, and faculty book seminars on Christian Human Rights on Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2.

Questions regarding Professor Moyn’s visit may be directed to Don Stelluto, Associate Director at the NDIAS

Samuel Moyn is Professor of Law and History at Harvard University. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory.