Special Event: The Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 4:15pm to 6:15pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Tsai Auditorium (S010)

"Toward a Politics of Responsibility: The Case of Climate Change"

Poster graphic of climate change protest and Kathryn Sikkink

The event is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live through the WCFIA Facebook page

Kathryn Sikkink will share the climate change discussion from her forthcoming book, The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibility. In light of the US federal government’s unwillingness to make urgent domestic and foreign policy changes to address climate change, all actors socially connected to the problem and able to act must step up and take responsibility for change. The talk will both draw on theories of forward-looking responsibility for justice, and provide practical and evidence-based ideas for the most effective actions for individuals and institutions to address climate change.


Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.


Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs; Acting Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Chair, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University.


Kathryn Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice.

Her publications include Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century; The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Center Book Award and the WOLA/Duke University Award); Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (coauthored with Margaret Keck and awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations); and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance (coedited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp).

She holds an MA and a PhD from Columbia University. Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the editorial board of International Organization.


Sarah Banse

The Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy was established at the Center for International Affairs in 1993 by members of the Manshel family and by many of their friends. It stands as a memorial to the Manshels’ longstanding commitment to public affairs and their desire to advance greater understanding of the international relations of the United States. The lecture series honors Warren Manshel’s role as a founder of both The Public Interest and Foreign Policy, his service as ambassador to Denmark, and his deep involvement over many years in the work of the Center. It also serves to recognize Anita Manshel as Warren’s full partner and enthusiastic supporter in these endeavors, which he so often acknowledged. For more information on the Manshel Lecture, please visit the Lectureships page.

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