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Towards a Just Society: Reimagining Human Nature
February 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CST
The ideal of human rights is based on belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings. Yet, our political culture and economic system rewards greed and aggression, and the combination of divisive ideologies and social inequality has brought the global community to the point of unprecedented crisis. How can humankind move from the shadow of prevalent conflict and catastrophic climate change towards a just world civilization?
Payam Akhavan is Professor of International Law at the University of Toronto, a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and a former UN war crimes prosecutor at The Hague. He served with the UN in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, has served as counsel in leading case before the International Court of Justice, and is Co-Founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre. His prior academic appointments include McGill, Yale, Oxford, and Paris, and his numerous publications include his bestselling memoir In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey. Register here
About the Bahá’í Calendar and Holy Days
The Baha’i Faith has its own calendar, called the Badí’ Calendar. It is a solar calendar consisting of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days), plus “Intercalary Days” (four in ordinary years and five in leap years) to adjust the calendar to the solar year. The days and months are named after the attributes of God. The Nineteen Day Feast, the primary community gathering for Baha’is in each town and city, is held on the first day of each Baha’i month. Eleven Holy Days mark significant events in Baha’i history.