Crisis of Humanitarianism

This two-day conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to address humanitarian thought and practice, past and present. Read more details here

Humanitarianism Conference: April 25-26, 2014

"When the Levees Broke" lecture by Carol Anderson

"When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-Civil Rights in America” lecture by Carol Anderson Read more about the event here.

"Hard Times: Black Appeals Local and Global" lecture series

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2014 Human Rights Interns Awarded Truman Scholarships

The Human Rights Program is pleased to announce that Ava Benezra and Andrea Haider have been awarded Truman Scholarships. Both Ava and Andrea were selected in December 2013 for Human Rights internships for Summer 2014.

The Truman Scholarships, created by Congress as a memorial for President Truman, give students $30,000 for graduate study and are awarded to college juniors who show outstanding academic achievement and civic engagement. Students are nominated by their college and compete in the state of their residence; around 60 are selected each year.

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“When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-civil Rights in America” lecture by Carol Anderson

The Human Rights Program and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture welcome Carol Anderson (Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, Emory University) for the fifth lecture in a 2013-2014 series, “Hard Times: Black Appeals Local and Global.” Professor Anderson’s work focuses on the ways that domestic and international policies intersect the issues of race, justice and equality. Her lecture at the University of Chicago will explore “When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-Civil Rights in America.”

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Pozen Research Grants for PhD Students (applications due May 2)

The Human Rights Program announces the 2014 round of grants to support doctoral student research in Human Rights for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Human Rights Program will grant three to five Pozen Research Grants of up to $5,000 to doctoral students in any year of their program. The Human Rights Program supports both pre-dissertation research that will be critical for students writing applications for external dissertation research fellowships, as well as dissertation research when external or other internal funds are not sufficient.

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Faculty Course Development Grants (proposals due May 1)

The Human Rights Program announces the availability of grants to faculty for the development of new courses (or the substantial redesign of existing courses) to be cross-listed with the Human Rights Program for the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic years. The grants (at $2,500 each) are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Ann Pozen. Grants will be deposited in the faculty member’s research account and may be spent on books or other materials, employment of a research assistant, travel for research or conferences, or other justifiable expenditures in line with University rules.

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Crisis of Humanitarianism/Humanitarianism in Crisis Conference: April 25-26, 2014

This conference is part of the Crisis of Humanitarianism initiative and will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on compassion, mobilization, and power in humanitarian thought and practice in a variety of geographical spaces. Over the course of two days, presenters will interrogate the genealogies of the present moment and reflect upon the future of a new politics of humanitarianism. The organizers are Mark Bradley (University of Chicago) and Samuel Moyn (Columbia University). 

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Alumni Spotlight Interview: Andrew Janco, Human Rights Post-Doctoral Lecturer

Over the past 15 years, Human Rights Program alumni have included practitioners and academics who work across a broad spectrum of human rights issues. Our Alumni Spotlight feature highlights and recognizes their important contributions to both domestic and international human rights work.

For our second Alumni Spotlight, we interviewed Andrew Janco to learn more about his scholarship and research interests:

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