Reason, Social Theory, and Human Experience in Human Rights: A Foundation in Reality

Few topics of debate in the field of Human Rights evoke such a controversy as does the Foundation of Human Rights. How do we determine what should be a “Right”? Is there a foundation, something natural or supernatural that exists outside of us that endows us with inalienable rights? Some would argue that God and Religion—or more broadly speaking “Theology”—endows us with our rights; some scholars argue that the foundations for Human Rights can be found by combining Reason, Social Contract Theory and human experience. But, the necessity for having a foundation is to give Human Rights a mandate in the eyes of a skeptic.

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The Dying Breath of Seperationism: The Rise of Religious Accommodationism and its Implications in the United States

Here we will look at the foundation of First Amendment as well as its jurisprudence—(particularly regarding the Establishment” and “Free Exercise” clauses), a brief history of how the jurisprudence has been applied shifting from separationist to accommodationist, and the implications of this paradigmatic shift on public and private spheres.   

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Mother/Courage: Examining the Dialectic of Anna Fierling in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children

This paper examines the dialectical construction of the figure of Anna Fierling as both a Mother and a Courageous Capitalist. I argue that both Mother and Courage keep each other in balance in order to necessitate alienation in the reader/potential spectator. The sense of unsettlement is necessary if the spectator is to run off and take action.

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Money, Politics, and the Problematic Assertion that Money is Speech

Thus, if a political system requires large amounts of capital to successfully win an election, and economic inequalities undermine political equality in the process, should they be allowed to contribute to an election without regulation?

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Retelling the Sacred: Trinity Church Wall Street Presents Handel's 'Messiah'

"I think many of us found something that we didn’t expect—which I think is actually very relevant to the public conversations we are having today about gender and expectations of masculinity and femininity... I would like to encourage you to also listen to the text tonight and to examine how you think about the gender issues that we are talking about in this day and age."

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