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Human Rights At Home and Abroad: U.S. Labor and Human Rights in the 1980s

Monday, 16 October 2017, 12 – 1pm

Human Rights At Home and Abroad: U.S. Labor and Human Rights in the 1980s

'Labor Rights are Human Rights' is a slogan that we see often in the contemporary world. In this talk, Professor Carl Bon Tempo will explore the history of the links between labor rights and human rights. As human rights rose to international prominence in the mid to late 1970s, American labor unions made a series of strategic choices about their engagement with the human rights idea. Focusing on the AFL-CIO leadership and some of its affiliate unions, Professor Bon Tempo examines how labor (1) defined human rights (2) linked human rights in international affairs to its domestic agenda at home.

(Please note that space at this talk is limited.  Anyone interested should email gearyd@tcd.ie in advance)


Carl Bon Tempo is associate professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany. His research focuses on twentieth century political history and public policy, the history of refugee and immigration affairs, and the history of human rights. In 2008, he published Americans at the Gate: The United States and Refugees during the Cold War with Princeton University Press. He is currently co-authoring, with Hasia Diner of New York University, a book titled Immigration: An American History for Yale University Press. He is also writing a book for the University of Pennsylvania Press on human rights history, tentatively titled Human Rights at Home: The United States and Human Rights in the 1980s.

Read more about Carl Bon Tempo

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Galbraith Seminar Room,
Event Type: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
Contact Name: Daniel Geary
Contact Emailgearyd@tcd.ie

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