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International law historian Elizabeth Borgwardt to speak about “The 1941 Atlantic Charter and the Postwar World” on April 11, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Acclaimed international law and human rights historian Elizabeth Borgwardt will discuss “Transforming Human Rights: The 1941 Atlantic Charter and the Postwar World” on Monday, April 11, at 5:30pm in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). The history department sponsors this C. Mildred Thompson Lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Borgwardt is an associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis, who focuses on human rights ideas and institutions. She holds advanced degrees in history, international relations and law, and is currently a fellow at the Stanford University Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Borgwardt’s first book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights (Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2005), was recognized as the best book in the history of ideas by the Organization of American Historians and as the best first book by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. The Nuremberg Idea: Crimes against Humanity in History, Law & Politics (Alfred A. Knopf) is her forthcoming title.

Borgwardt earned her doctorate in history from Stanford, as well as a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPhil. in international relations from Cambridge University. She was recently a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg, where she remains a permanent faculty affiliate. Her past fellowships also include the Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University; the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law School; and the Golieb legal history program at New York University School of Law. Borgwardt is a member of the California Bar and clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a “Distinguished Lecturer” for the Organization of American Historians, and the recipient of seven teaching awards.

The C. Mildred Thompson Lecture Series honors a Vassar alumna who went on be a professor of history and dean at her alma mater.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 29, 2011