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CIFAR Virtual Talks: Appeals to human dignity: does it make a difference?
In politics and ordinary discourse, there is growing invocation of human rights — that all humans are inherently valuable, deserve respect, and ought not suffer undue humiliation — to generate support for vulnerable communities such as refugees, the disabled, ethnic and racial minorities. But does this carry sufficient emotional and political weight to change our behaviour?

Join us as members of CIFAR’s Boundaries, Membership & Belonging program members Will Kymlicka, program co-director, and Evan Lieberman, fellow, as they take us through research that explores whether reminders of our common humanity is sufficient to generate support for vulnerable groups.

En politique et dans le discours ordinaire, on invoque de plus en plus les droits de la personne — à savoir que tous les humains ont une valeur intrinsèque, méritent le respect et ne devraient pas subir d’humiliation indue — pour susciter le soutien de communautés vulnérables comme les réfugiés, les personnes en situation de handicap et les minorités ethniques et raciales. Mais le poids émotionnel et politique de cette démarche suffit-il à modifier les comportements?

Joignez-vous à nous alors que les membres du programme Frontières, groupes et appartenance du CIFAR, Will Kymlicka, coresponsable du programme, et Evan Lieberman, membre, présentent des recherches visant à déterminer si le rappel de notre humanité commune suffit à mobiliser le soutien aux groupes vulnérables.

May 11, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Will Kymlicka
Will Kymlicka is a political theorist deeply engaged with real-world problems. His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on emerging models of citizenship and social justice in multicultural societies.
Evan Lieberman
Evan Lieberman is a professor of political science and holds the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa at MIT. Lieberman’s research is primarily concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of ethnic/racial identification and conflict; the role of democratic institutions in multi-ethnic societies; and the development of state capacities.