The Human Rights Group will discuss theories, instantiations, and fictional imaginings of human rights, particularly as declared in the U.S. "Declaration of Independence," the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen" of the French Revolution, and the U.N. "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" of 1948. If these rights are "self-evident," why do they need to be declared? What gives these rights a claim to universality? What functions to universal human rights play in discourses and practices of Neoliberalism, international aid, and geopolitics?

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