The concept of human rights is notoriously tricky. Rights don't exist in any physical sense and were essentially plucked out of the philosophical ether. Their conceptual origins are religious in nature, yet secular in practice. For something to be considered a right, it must be deemed important and fundamental enough to transcend sovereignty, which is one of the major reasons there is no universally accepted notion of what constitutes a right. The closest thing we have is the U.N. Universal Declaration on Human Rights, a non-binding document that contains some clauses that are considered preposterous, and others that are widely accepted.
Despite their importance to our way of life, trying to understand human rights can occasionally be like trying to nail jelly to a wall.
So today, why not hear a bit about human rights from an expert?
Today marks the start of Human Rights Week, the fourth annual week-long summer institute for teachers put on by the Idaho Human Rights Institute. To mark the occasion, Dr. Jack Donnelly, a human rights scholar from Denver University, will make a keynote address titled Human Rights Education: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights.
The presentation is from 2-5 p.m. at The Hampton Inn and Suites downtown. It is open to the public and free to attend.