The Tri-Campus UW Research Cluster on Human Interactions and Normative Innovation (HI-NORM) is an ongoing program that includes faculty and graduate students from all three campuses of the University of Washington. Participants include faculty and graduate students from a broad variety of departments and disciplines, including the humanities, the social sciences, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, the law school, and the Evans school of public affairs. Research includes both historical and contemporary approaches to issues of human rights and to the process of normative innovation that is often catalyzed by interactions across boundaries.
The cluster has organized study groups and convened workshops on research by UW members; has invited highly regarded scholars to UW to share their research; and has developed an ongoing relationship with the Cluster of Excellence on the Formation of Normative Orders at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. In May 2013, a group of five faculty from the University of Washington participated in a conference in Frankfurt on “Cosmopolitanism, Human Rights and Religion in Post-Secular Societies.”
Seyla Benhabib (Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University) gives a UW Walker Ames Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The topic of her lecture is “Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: 50 Years Later.” The Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Germanics are co-sponsoring a screening of the new movie on Arendt, Hannah Arendt, which focuses also on the Eichmann trial and Arendt’s commentary on it, on the Tuesday before the lecture.
WINTER QUARTER 2014
José Casanova (Sociology, Georgetown University) gives a lecture at 3:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Communications 120. A reception will follow.
Additional events will be posted as they are scheduled.
A cluster lunch and discussion on "The Post-Secular Society" led by James Wellman (Jackson School of International Studies)
WINTER QUARTER 2013
A panel on “Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue,” moderated by Michael Rosenthal (Philosophy). Schmidt also led a separate colloquium on “Reflective Secularization: Religious Belief and Public Reason” and had meeting with interested faculty and graduate students.
A new interdisciplinary course in on Issues of Global Justice (POL S 207/PHIL 207/VALUES 207), co-taught by instructors Bill Talbott (Philosophy), Michael Blake (Philosophy), and Jamie Mayerfeld (Political Science)
SPRING QUARTER 2013
A lecture by Melissa Williams (Political Science, University of Toronto), founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, on global democracy. (Friday, April 12, 2013)
A conference on the topic “Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism, and (Post-Secular) Religion,” hosted by The Cluster of Excellence on the Formation of Normative Orders at the University of Frankfurt in May 2013. A call for papers was sent out in October.
FALL QUARTER 2013
Oct. 23-25, 2013 –Seyla Benhabib (Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University) will visit the UW campus and deliver a Walker Ames Lecture.