Sam Heie: Commentary on Quillen’s Final Lecture

Professor Quillen’s last lecture summed up her entire unit and brought some new ideas into the discussion. First, she talked about how the definition of what it is to be human has changed over time. At some point, colonial America’s definition of human excluded Native Americans and African slaves. Women have progressively been integrated into the definition of human as they have ascertained more rights. This discussion lead into an analysis of the UN charter document and the language contained in it. We looked at words like “human” and “equality” and discussed whether the goals and expectations that the UN was founded upon were just idealistic or attainable.

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