"On the Right to be Heard: Immigrants demanding Recognition," BUJS Forum with Orit Rozin

12:30 pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, 2nd Floor Library
Routinely, any discussion regarding the right to voice one’s thoughts, criticism, or ideas leads to a discussion regarding the right to free speech and freedom of the press. However, the right to a voice should not be limited to conflicts between newspaper editors and government agencies, or amongst legal practitioners in court. Since voice is fundamental to any democracy, this talk will address the ways through which new immigrants voiced their grievances during the early 1950s while seeking collective and individual recognition. Rozin will focus her discussion on constructing a preliminary theoretical framework in which the manifold expressions of voice and their compatible recipients – a network of listeners - will be described This lecture, based on a new book manuscript, aims to uncover the actual ability of individual citizens, as well as that of marginalized groups, to communicate their needs and to demand change.