Dear Colleagues, This is a request for your professional advice regarding a prospective third edition of Richard Pierre Claude and Burns H. Weston, Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action. The University of Pennsylvania Press is planning a thoroughly revised new edition for late 2004, and we co-editors seek your critical advice on what to include. As you know, there has been an explosion of new literature on international human rights since the end of the Cold War, and students in the field need an interdisciplinary textbook that emphasizes new perspectives, issues, and modes of implementation. The book, essentially an anthology, will maintain the organizational framework of our first two editions. That is, six chapters will again respectively focus on: theory and introduction; issues in political and civil rights; issues in social, economic and cultural rights; and action in terms of implementation efforts at the international (including regional levels), national, and non-governmental/civil society"/ "second superpower" (Internet) levels. Within this "issues and action" framework, we will present edited versions of about 30 newly selected readings. Human Rights in the World Community is a unique paperback textbook for several reasons. It has proved useful both in law schools and in advanced undergraduate and graduate classes. As befits the multi-variate problems that arise in human rights, the textbook is interdisciplinary. A lengthy editors' introduction reviews recent legal, social science, and humanities literature useful in framing the essays that follow. Moreover, each essay is followed by multiple carefully composed and pre-tested discussion questions suitable to promote discussion and debate in seminars and even large classes. Bibliography and notes on films and other art forms (e.g., theater, music, literature), research resources, and the Internet will be included. Again, we hope to provide a "teacher friendly" anthology with pedagogical objectives promoting cognitive and analytical skills as well as value clarification. Given these objectives, previously published articles will be chosen because of their importance in setting the agenda for current analysis of important salient issues. Sometimes, but not always and separate from that standard, we seek articles that are provocative and about which classroom debate and discussion will further the objective of students clarifying their own views on controversial topics. Also, because most of the inclusions in the human rights textbook will come from among post-Cold War publications, there will necessarily be an increased emphasis on social, economic, and cultural issues as well as security, peace, and environmental issues related to human rights. Given these standards, please identify one or more of those works you think are essential for your students' consideration, and do not hesitate to "self-nominate." Please supply as complete citations as you can to either or both of the co-editors listed above. Many thanks, Richard Pierre Claude E-Mail: email@example.com Burns H. Weston E-mail: burns- firstname.lastname@example.org ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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