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Jan 6, 2021

David T. Pan is Professor of German and Chair of the Department of European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and has previously held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University, Penn State University, and McKinsey and Company. He is the author of Primitive Renaissance: Rethinking German Expressionism (2001) and Sacrifice in the Modern World: On the Particularity and Generality of Nazi Myth (2012). He has also published on J. G. Herder, Heinrich von Kleist, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Jünger, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Schmitt, and Theodor Adorno. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, on the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the U.S. State Department, and as the Editor of Telos.

We discuss the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights ( and David Pan's article titled, "Unalienable Rights, the 1619 Project, and Nation-State Sovereignty" published in Telos, issue 192, Fall 2020.