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LCSC political science professor to speak at CAH about ‘Inventing Human Rights’

LEWISTON, Idaho - The LCSC Center for Arts & History (CAH) presents Dr. Leif Hoffmann, LCSC Assistant Professor of Political Science, as the final speaker in the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate Speakers Series. Hoffmann’s talk, “Inventing Human Rights: A Recent History” is Tuesday, December 10, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the CAH.
Hoffmann’s talk was deliberately chosen for December 10, since the date generally marks International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.  Hoffmann will focus on a general historical and political perspective of the development of International Human Rights Day, prior and after this pivotal moment.  He will also address which developments have contributed and facilitated the rise of international human rights in recent decades, illustrating through his research that international human rights did not reach the ascendency it has today overnight.

Hoffmann, a German native, earned his first two masters degrees in European Studies and International Management from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et Management de Poitiers, France.  He immigrated to the United States in 2002 to wed his American spouse, and later earned a MA and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oregon.  Hoffmann has worked at LCSC since 2012, teaching a variety of courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations and U.S. Politics. His primary area of research interests are European integration and American and European Union (EU) market integration.  In Hoffmann’s dissertation he demonstrates how the EU market is legally more integrated than the internal market of the United States in economic arenas such as public procurement and services.
The Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate Speakers Series is brought to the Center for Arts & History through sponsorships from: LCSC Continuing Education & Community Events; Shekinah Christian Community, and through grants from US Bancorp, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Docent tours of the exhibit can be scheduled by calling the gallery at 208.792.2243,
For more information about the exhibition, visit CAH or call 208.792.2243.