“Commerce and Complicity: Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Abuses as a Legacy of Nuremberg”

Peace and Conflict Studies Lecture with Elizabeth Borgwardt


Event details

Elizabeth Borgwardt, associate professor of history at Washington University, is the University of Kansas’ Peace and Conflict Studies Lecturer for 2009-10.

Borgwardt will speak on “Commerce and Complicity: Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Abuses as a Legacy of Nuremberg,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Her KU lecture also will be a Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecture for 2009-10.

Borgwardt received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cambridge University, a law degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Stanford University. Her areas of specialization are the United States in the world, human rights, the history of international law and institutions, and comparative constitutional history. She does research on crimes against humanity, war crime trials, nongovernmental organizations and legal and constitutional history and theory.

“A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights” (Harvard, 2005; paperback edition 2007) is Borgwardt’s most recent book, for which she was a co-winner of the Merle Curti Award for Best Book in the History of Ideas from the Organization of American Historians and the Stuart L. Bernath Award for Best First Book in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations of the Society for Historians of U.S. Foreign Relations. She also was winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award.

Borgwardt has received awards for her teaching as well as her research, including the Student Choice Teaching Award from the University of Utah (2004-05) and the Danforth Certificate for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and at Harvard. Last year, she was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2004, Borgwardt has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

The annual Peace and Conflict Studies Lecture is sponsored by KU’s Humanities and Western Civilization Program. This year’s co-sponsors are the Center for Global and International Studies, Hall Center for the Humanities, Department of History and Center for European Studies.


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