Meredith Terretta Lecture (Canceled)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM (ET)
Smith Laboratories 154
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Lecture - Speaker
Karen Todd
CIS/ Africana Studies

Lecture: Anticolonial Lawyering, Postwar Human Rights, & Decolonization in Africa

Dr. Terretta will focus on the interplay of African political activists and their lawyers during the critical period of decolonization in the latter twentieth century. It was a time when Africans and their anticolonialist lawyers sought to use law as a transformative force to make universal human rights a lived reality. How much did these little-known legal battles over rights as individuals and as new states shape the language of human rights that we use today?

Meredith Terretta holds the Gordon F. Henderson Research Chair in Human Rights and teaches history at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in themes of African liberation movements, legal activism, histories of refuge-seeking, and human rights. She has recently coedited African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights (Ohio University Press, 2015). Her most recent single-authored book is Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence: Nationalism, Grassfields Tradition, and State-Building in Cameroon (Ohio University Press, New African Histories Series, 2014). Her articles appear in numerous English and French-language journals related to world history, African history, and human rights. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Activism at the Fringes of Empire: Rogue Lawyers and Rights Activists In and Out of Twentieth Century Africa. 

Open to the Public

Categories: Africana Studies,Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies,History,International Studies,Political Science,Peace and Conflict Studies

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