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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 12, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Samuel Moyn, Professor of History at Columbia University, will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, November 3 at 1 p.m. in the Robert A. Scott Student Center, Alumni Lounge (SC138) under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the History Club of Ramapo College.

Moyn will discuss his recent book, “The Last Utopia. Human Rights inHistory,” which traces the genesis of the ideal of human rights and how it has become a motivating force on the world stage.

The presentation will delve into the ideal’s troubled present as well as its uncertain future. The event will reveal how a broad consensus developed around the cause of human rights, supplanting revolutionary communism and nationalism, and became an alternative to struggle and bloody violence.

Moyn holds an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis (1994), a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley (2000), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2001).  His studies include modern European intellectual history, political and legal thought, mathematical and critical theory and Jewish studies.

In addition to numerous essays and reviews, Samuel Moyn is the author of several previous books, including:”A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France” (Brandeis, 2005) and “Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics” (Cornell, 2007).

The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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