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Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue: A Panel Discussion

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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 7:00pm
HUB 332

Is Circumcision a violation of the human right to bodily integrity?  Or is it protected under the human right that guarantees freedom liberty of religion?  Is it primarily a medical or is it a cultural practice?  Recent events have brought these issues into the news.  In Germany last year an appellate court criminalized the non-medical circumcision of children.  In Africa the World Health Organization now advocates a policy of medical male circumcision in order to prevent the spread of HIV, at the same time as it works to stop female genital cutting.  In 2011 a proposal to ban male circumcision was placed on the ballot in San Francisco.  What is new about these current debates and what can we learn from the past?  The panel of experts will approach current controversies from three different disciplines—anthropology, history, and philosophy—to start an informed conversation.  Please join us. Hosted by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.


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