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Sep
19
Thu
Tom Campanella presents Brooklyn: The Once and Future City in conversation with Philip Lopate @ Greenlight Bookstore
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm

America’s most storied urban underdog, Brooklyn has become an internationally recognized brand in recent decades—celebrated and scorned as one of the hippest destinations in the world. In Brooklyn: The Once and Future City, Brooklyn-born Thomas J. Campanella unearths long-lost threads of the urban past, telling the rich history of the rise, fall, and reinvention of one of the world’s most resurgent cities. Campanella tracks the dreams, visions, and outsized failures that created the Brooklyn we know today, revealing how this immigrant Promised Land drew millions, fell victim to its own social anxieties, and yet proved resilient enough to reawaken as a multicultural powerhouse and global symbol of urban vitality. Fellow Brooklynite and award-winning writer Phillip Lopate joins Campanella in conversation.

Oct
3
Thu
Global History Workshop – A World Divided by Eric D. Weitz @ 210 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This workshop will focus on Prof. Weitz’s forthcoming book, A World Divided The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States (link is external)(Princeton University Press, September 2019).

About A World Divided:

A global history of human rights in a world of nation-states that grant rights to some while denying them to others

Once dominated by vast empires, the world is now divided into close to 200 independent countries with laws and constitutions proclaiming human rights—a transformation that suggests that nations and human rights inevitably developed together. But the reality is far more problematic, as Eric Weitz shows in this compelling global history of the fate of human rights in a world of nation-states.

Through vivid histories drawn from virtually every continent, A World Divideddescribes how, since the eighteenth century, nationalists have struggled to establish their own states that grant human rights to some people. At the same time, they have excluded others through forced assimilation, ethnic cleansing, or even genocide. From Greek rebels, American settlers, and Brazilian abolitionists in the nineteenth century to anticolonial Africans and Zionists in the twentieth, nationalists have confronted the question, Who has the “right to have rights?” A World Divided tells these stories in colorful accounts focusing on people who were at the center of events. And it shows that rights are dynamic. Proclaimed originally for propertied white men, rights were quickly demanded by others, including women, American Indians, and black slaves.

A World Divided also explains the origins of many of today’s crises, from the existence of more than 65 million refugees and migrants worldwide to the growth of right-wing nationalism. The book argues that only the continual advance of international human rights will move us beyond the quandary of a world divided between those who have rights and those who don’t.


Eric D. Weitz is Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy and A Century of Genocide. He lives in Princeton and New York City.