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Cultural Rights: Class Readings & Syllabus

Cultural Rights Readings – Spring 2010

Class readings for this course will vary depending on what guest speakers are available during a given semester. This course is a colloquium in which different professors share their expertise in a particular geographical area, allowing students to learn about cultural rights issues across the globe.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966)

The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (1981)

The UNESCO Universal Declaration of Cultural Diversity (2003)

The Fribourg Declaration of Cultural Rights (2007)


The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? by Francisco Goldman

Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous

Selected essays from Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn


“Cultural Rights and Human Rights” by Rodolfo Stavenhagen, in the collection Human Rights in the Maya Region

“Skeletons in the Closet?” by Gustavo Remedi

“Majority Rule and Individual Rights” by John Elster, found in the book On Human Rights, ed. Stephen Shute, Harper Collins 1993

“Nations without States” by Monserrat Guibernau

“Algeria Unveiled” by Franz Fanon

“From Rap to Rai” by Valerie Orlando

“Truth in the Andes: Ethnicity and Cultural Production in Post-Shining Path Peru.” by Anne Lambright

“Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk.” by Nikolai Leskov

“Algeria Unveiled” by Franz Fanon

“Clash of Cultures” by Sam Huntington

“Who’s Watching Big Brother? Globalization and the Protection of Cultural Rights in Present Day Africa” by J. Oloka-Onyango

“Fed by Any Means Necessary: Omnivorous Negritude and the Transnational Semiotics of Afro-Colombian Blackness in the Work of Liliana Angulo” by Corey Shouse Tourino

“Citizens vs. Citizenry: Undocumented Immigrants and Latino Cultural Citizenship by William Flores.”

“Atlas of Tropical Germany” by Zafer Şenocak


Battle of Algiers

The War Symphonies: Shostakovich against Stalin

Questions when considering Cultural Rights :

For a Powerpoint presentation on some of the issues and terms in Cultural Rights, click on this link: Issues in Cultural Rights-1

For a list of discussion questions for studying the above Human Rights documents, click here: HR_documents_questions


Click on the link below to see the course syllabus for LACS 285: Cultural Rights led by Prof. Gebelein Syllabus_LACS_285

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