Human Rights Happy Hour: Lora Wildenthal to speak on “Asylum Rights between Left and Right: The German Case,” October 25, 2010

On Monday, October 25, 2010, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host Professor Lora Wildenthal, associate professor of history at Rice University, who will present a lecture entitled “Asylum Rights between Left and Right: The German Case.”

The event will be held from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m., in the Sheffield Room (THN 2.111) at the University of Texas School of Law. It is free and open to the public.

Wildenthal’s research focuses on modern Germany, European women, human rights, and modern colonialism. Her current research examines which causes West Germans have considered to be “human rights” causes, and why West Germany had the kinds of human rights activists and experts that it did. She is currently completing a book to be entitled The Language of Human Rights in West Germany, which seeks to meet a need for studies of human rights activism that are closely contextualized in their domestic settings. Wildenthal’s recent publications include “Human Rights Activism in Occupied and Early West Germany:  The Case of the German League for Human Rights” (Journal of Modern History, September 2008), and German Women for Empire, 1884–1945 (Duke University Press, 2001).

Inga Markovits, ‘The Friends of Joe Jamail’ Regents Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, will serve as respondent.

More information on Wildenthal can be found on the Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series page on the Rapoport Center website. If you would like a copy of the paper on which her lecture is based, please contact Sarah Cline at


Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 512-232-4857,