Legal scholar and historian Samuel Moyn will give a talk on his new book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/MacMillan, 2021), on November 10 at 7 p.m. (ET). His presentation will be in webinar format followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Humane explores the question: What if efforts to make war more ethical—to ban torture and limit civilian casualties—have only shored up the military enterprise and made it sturdier? Moyn looks back at more than a century of arguments about the ethics of using force and the post-9/11 shift of the U.S. Moyn contends that as American wars have become more humane, they have also become endless. Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. His other publications include The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, Christian Human Rights, and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World. He also has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Moyn’s appearance is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Global Citizenships Project. Pre-registration is required.
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