Director, Center for the Study of Human Rights; Professor of International Affairs and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Welcoming Remarks, Friday, March 12, 2010, 10:00 – 10:30
Chair, Lessons Learned: Perspectives on the Proposed Armenia-Turkey Commission, Saturday, March 13, 2010, 11:30 – 1:15
Elazar Barkan is the director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights, a professor of international and public affairs, and the director of the Human Rights Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Previously, Professor Barkan served as chair of the History Department and the Cultural Studies Department at the Claremont Graduate University, where he was the founding director of the Humanities Center. He also founded the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) in The Hague.
Professor Barkan is a historian by training and received his PhD from Brandeis University. His research interests focus on human rights and on the role of history in contemporary society and politics and the response to gross historical crimes and injustices. His recent books include The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (W.W. Norton, 2000); Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity, (an edited volume with Ronald Bush, Getty, 2003); and Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (an edited volume with Alexander Karn, Stanford University Press, 2006).