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Public Lecture, Reception & Book Signing by Dr. Eric Weitz - "A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States"

by Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

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Thu, 12 Sep 2019

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Alumni Benet Lounge (Old O'Connor)

Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902, United States




"A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States"

A Public Lecture, Reception, & Book Signing by Professor Eric Weitz '74

Thursday, September 12, 4PM-6PM - Alumni Benet Lounge (Old O'Connor)

4PM-5PM Public Lecture by Dr. Eric Weitz

5PM-6PM Reception and book signing for "World Divided" (Books will be for sale at a discounted price!)


Over the past two and a half centuries, the world has been utterly transformed. Once dominated by vast empires, the globe is now divided into close to 200 independent countries with laws and constitutions proclaiming human rights—a remarkable change that suggests that nations and human rights inevitably developed together. Through vivid histories drawn from virtually every continent, A World Divided describes how, since the eighteenth century, nationalists have struggled to establish their own states that grant human rights to some people. At the same time, others suffered exclusion through forced assimilation, ethnic cleansing, or, ultimately, genocide. In short, this is the story of how a world divided into nation-states has led to a world divided between citizens with rights and noncitizens without them.


A World Divided also explains why many of today’s problems—from the more than 65 million migrants and refugees to the growth of right-wing nationalism and national conflicts on many continents—are rooted in the twin histories of nation-states and human rights. In the lecture, Weitz will argue that only the continual advance of human rights protections at the international level will enable us to move beyond the quandary of a world divided between those who have rights and those who don't.


Eric D. Weitz graduated from Binghamton University in 1974. He is Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, A Century of Genocide, and Creating German Communism (all published by Princeton University Press). He lectures widely in public and academic settings on the histories of genocide and human rights and on Weimar Germany.

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