2020 Program Sessions

229. Presidential Plenary: On Being Human

10:15 AM–12:00 PM Jan 10, 2020 (US - Pacific)


Session Information

Description: Once thought settled after the end of the Cold War, the question of human rights has returned as a major concern of writers, intellectuals, and activists. On this panel, leading writers, scholars, and teachers reflect on what being human and claiming rights means for their work, their institutions, and constituencies today. Who determines who has rights in a world that is defined by complexity and multiplicity?

For linked sessions, see meetings 314 and 578.


Charles Johnson, U of Washington, Seattle

Viet Thanh Nguyen, U of Southern California

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia U

Jennifer M. B. Wallace, U of Cambridge, Peterhouse C


Simon Gikandi, Princeton U