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Intercountry Lectures 2016

US Scholars are sharing their expertise in guest lectures all over Europe as part of the Intercountry Lecture Program! Here are some examples. 

Fulbright–Johannes Kepler University of Linz Visiting Professor Benjamin Gregg (University of Texas at Austin) gave Fulbright Intercountry Lectures in five countries (plus Austria) between April and June 2016! Here's a list he shared with us:


  • Ÿ“The Human Rights Challenge of Genetic Engineering,” Raul Wallenberg Institute, Lund, Sweden, 6 April (hosted by RWI Director Morten Kjaerum; co-hosted with Department of Biology, University of Lund); Announcement

  • “Genetically Informed Personalized Education: Promises and Perils for Social Justice,” Higher Seminar in Practical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Lund, Sweden, 7 April (hosted by Professor Wlodek Rabinowicz); Podcast about my Fulbright

  • Seminar on “The Human Rights State,” Faculty of Law, Styrelserummet, Juridicum, University of Lund, Sweden, 6 April (hosted by Professor of Law Anna Bruce); Announcement

    • During my Fulbright-facilitated lecture visit to the University of Lund, I developed a research project with three members of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights (Merethe Borge MacLeod, Head of Office in China, based in China; Helena Olsson, Programee Office, working with South/Southeast Asia currently based in Jakarta; and Olga Bezbozhna, Programme Officer working on cooperation with Belarus, based in Lund); these scholars are writing an article on advancing human rights in three difficult environments, drawing on chapter 4 of my recently published The Human Rights State for its analytic framework; to be submitted for peer review for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights in 2017.


  • “Human Genetic Engineering: Pressing Issues of Law, Medicine, and Ethics,” DeCode Genetics, Reykjavík, Iceland, 27 April (response by DeCode Founder and CEO, Kári Stefánsson); DeCode genetics is one of the leading companies in the world doing research on human genetics; Announcement

  • Ÿ “Human Nature as Cultural Design,” Institute of Human Rights, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, 27 April


  • “The Human Rights Challenges Posed by Human Genetic Engineering,” University of Helsinki, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki, Finland, 24 May (hosted by Professor of Social Ethics, Janna Hallamaa); Announcement

  • “Human Rights as Metaphor for Political Community beyond the Nation State,” University of Helsinki, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki, Finland, 25 May (hosted by Professor of International Law, Martti Koskenniemi); Announcement


  • “Seven Theses on Advancing Human State,” Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway, 13 June (hosted by Professor Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen, Director of Research and Deputy Director of the NCHR); Announcement

    • During my visit I worked out a collaborative research project in the form of a contribution by a NCHR member, Gorana Ognjenovic, to a collection of articles I am editing for publication in peer-reviewed International Human Rights Journal; she will apply aspects of my recently published book The Human Rights State (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) to empirical, historical experience of human rights advocacy in the region of her research expertise, the Balkans today.

  • “The Human Rights Challenges Posed by Human Genetic Engineering,” University of Oslo, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway, 14 June (hosted by Professor Kjetil Larsen, NCHR Deputy Director);

    • I was interviewed about Fulbright project by the Norwegian news journal Ny Tid  for an article to appear later this year


  • “Human Rights as Social Construction: A Dialogue with the Jesuit Tradition,” Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, 27 June (hosted by Institute Director Professor Felipe Gómez Isa)

  • “Justice Within and Beyond Sovereign Nations,” Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, 28 June (hosted by Professor Felipe Gómez Isa); Collaboration: Anuario de Acción Humanitaria y Derechos Humanos, hosted at the University of Deusto, will publish an article that I am writing on human rights

 Faculty Seminar Presentation in Host Country of Austria:

“Die menschliche Natur als Technologieprodukt: Träume und Albträume der Genmanipulation,” Johannes-Kepler-Universität Linz, Austria, 1 June (hosted by Univ. Prof. Margitta Mätzke, Director of the Institut für Gesellschafts- und Sozialpolitik, Universität Linz)

US Fulbright Scholar Maureen Daly Goggin, University of Graz/Arizona State University, will be giving a talk on “Writing Trauma in Pens of Steel and Inks of Thread” on June 1 as part of a Fulbright lecture series hosted by the Department for English and American Studies at LMU Munich. She was also invited to talk about “Women Hidden in Plain Sight: Race and Aging in Art and Life” by the Andrássy University Budapest, on May 11. 

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US Fulbright Scholar Benjamin Fagan will be giving a lecture on "Transnational Feminism and Freedom's Journal" at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, on Thursday, June 9, 12-14 Uhr, P10.

To download the invitation click here.

US Fulbright Scholar Dean Kotlowski, Salisbury University, will be giving a lecture on "Deeds, Not Words: Richard Nixon and African American Rights" at the Universität Kassel, on June 7.

To download the invitation click here.