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Columbia Professor Asks: Why Wasn't Anti-colonialism a Human Rights Movement? University News
For release: January 14, 2010

For press information, contact Jonathan Judaken, 901-488-7475

The Last Utopia: Human Rights in HistoryColumbia University Professor Samuel Moyn will explore “Why Anti-colonialism Wasn’t a Human Rights Movement” Friday, Jan. 22, at the University of Memphis. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Rose Theatre entertainment lobby and will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk is drawn from his forthcoming book, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History.

Samuel Moyn
Samuel Moyn
Moyn is a historian of modern European intellectual history with special interest in French and German political and legal thought, critical theory, Jewish studies, and the history of human rights.

He completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001. He is the editor of Humanity and co-director for the Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History. A Guggenheim scholar, Moyn has published such award-winning books as Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics and A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair. He also writes reviews for The Nation.

Moyn’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and International Studies.

For more information about these events or any of the programs of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, visit

For specific questions, call Jonathan Judaken at 901-488-7475.

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