Join host Sushma Raman and co-author William Schulz as they reflect on past, present, and future human rights frameworks, and discuss their latest book, The Coming Good Society.
Rights are not static. They change from generation to generation, evolving in parallel with changing norms and circumstances. We adapt rights to human history. To preserve and promote the good society–one that protects its members dignity and fosters an environment in which people will want to live–we must at times rethink the meanings of familiar rights, and continue the introduction of entirely new rights.
A Unitarian Universalist minister by training and former President of that denomination, Bill Schulz served as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, the U.S. division of Amnesty International, from 1994-2006; Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Center for American Progress from 2010-16 and President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from 2010-16. He taught human rights for eight years at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy; was appointed Pozen Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Chicago in 2013; and is currently an affiliate Professor at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Schulz was the recipient of the 2000 Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association.
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