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Thomas Keenan
Visiting Faculty (CCS Bard) and Director of the Human Rights Program, Bard College
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Thomas Keenan teaches human rights, media, and theory at Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project. In 2002, he helped create the first free-standing B.A. program in human rights in the United States, and in 2021 helped launch the Center for Human Rights and the Arts, an Open Society University Network project based at Bard. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility, 1997, and, with Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull, 2012. The Human Snaphot, co-edited with Tirdad Zolghadr, 2013, and The Flood of Rights, co-edited with Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, 2017, were based on conferences jointly organized between HRP and CCS Bard at Luma Arles. He has served on the boards of a number of human rights organizations and journals, including WITNESS, Scholars at Risk, The Crimes of War Project, The Journal of Human Rights, and Humanity.