Ian Buruma for New York Times Opinion: “The 17th-Century Heretic We Could Really Use Now”
“The Enlightenment philosopher Baruch Spinoza almost died for his ideals one day in 1672,” writes Ian Buruma, Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, in an opinion piece for the New York Times. In the United States in 2024, “in a time of book-banning, intellectual intolerance, religious bigotry, and populist demagoguery, [Spinoza’s] radical advocacy of freedom still seems fresh and urgent,” Buruma argues.
Bard College Launches Anthony Lester Fellowships to Support Practical Work in the Field of Human Rights and the Rule of LawThe Human Rights Project at Bard College announced today the launch of the Anthony Lester Fellowships, which support lawyers or law students undertaking practical fieldwork in human rights and the rule of law. These fellowships will enable lawyers and law students early in their careers to undertake a project that helps effect practical change and are designed for those who may not otherwise have this opportunity.
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