2001-2009 Events

Spring 2009

  • April 15 - Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture; Juan Méndez, President, International Center for Transitional Justice, “Prevention, Peacemaking and Transitional Justice” View poster.
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]

  • April 16 - Obie C. Porteous (former HR Intern) “In Search of Humanity: Blogs of an International Aid Worker”. View poster.

  • April 20 - Chesa Boudin, “Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America”. View poster.

  • May 4 - Reception with International Network on Migration and Development (co-sponsors: CLAS and Katz Center). View poster.

  • May 5 - Débora Nunes da Silva of MST, “Hard Times: Brazil's Landless Movement Faces the Economic Crisis” (co-sponsor: CLAS). View poster.

  • May 8 - Jacob Haar (former HR Intern) “A Right to Credit?: The Experience of a Human Rights Alumnus in Microfinance”. View poster.

  • May 11-May 26 - Exhibit and Keynote Lecture (May 13) with Rebecca Tinsley, “Drawings of Genocide: Darfur through the eyes of its children”. View poster.
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]

  • May 27 - “Dear President Obama: Lessons from Chicago on the Issue of Torture”. View poster.

  • June 1 - Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Essay Prizes Award Ceremony; Susan Bird, “Ignacio Martín-Baró's Vision Today: Progress for All in El Salvador?”. View poster.

Winter 2009

  • January 26 - Justice Albie Sachs, “Tock Tick: The Working of a Judge's Mind”. View poster.
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]

  • February 4 - “Thou Shall Not Steal: Putting an End to the National Epidemic of Wage Theft”. View poster.

  • February 21 - Symposium on Human Rights and History. View program.

Autumn 2008

  • October 20 - Teach-In Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. View poster.
    Introduction and Welcome
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]
    Keynote Address: “The UDHR at Sixty”
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]
    Panel 1: The United States, Chicago and Global Rights Talk in the 1940s
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]
    Panel 2: The Practice of Human Rights: the next generation speaks
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]
    A Conversation on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    [watch: mov]
    [listen: mp3]

  • December 4 - “Human Rights at Home: The United Nations and the Chicago Police Torture Cases”. View poster.

Spring 2008

June 5-8 - Human Rights Program 10th Anniversary Events
Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Memorial Human Rights Lecture; Alex Kotlowitz “House of Secrets: The Place of Storytelling in Human Rights. View poster and agenda.
[watch & listen: House of Secrets: The Place of Storytelling in Human Rights]
[watch: Alumni Interview 1: Ben]
[watch: Alumni Interview 2: Harish]
[watch: Alumni Interview 3: Jacob]
[watch: Alumni Interview 4: Rohini]

Winter 2008

Autumn 2007

  • October 12-13 - Migration and Human Rights in the North American Corridor:Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Challenges. View agenda.

Autumn 2006

  • September 28 - A conversation with Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji and Martha Nussbaum. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Norman Wait Harris Fund of the Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program, the University of Chicago Divinity School, the Committee on Creative Writing and openDemocracy magazine. See the poster for this event.
  • October 21 - Global AIDS Human Rights Conference. View the conference poster.
  • November 13 - Human Rights Program Distinguished Lecturer: Gillian Slovo, "Human Rights and the Arts: Guantanamo in the Theatre." View the poster for this event.

Spring 2006

  • March 31: Zackie Achmat, South African Activist - “Realizing Human Rights: Access to HIV/AIDS Medication and the Role of Civil Society in South Africa”
    [listen: mp3 | RealAudio]
    Introduction by John Comaroff, Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology [listen: mp3 | RealAudio]
    presented in collaboration with Students for Global Public Health and the World Beyond the Headlines Series
  • April 4: HR Intern Alum '03 Obie Porteous on his work with Action Against Hunger in Uganda.
  • April 17: David Cole, author of Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism - "Is the Commander-in-Chief Subject to the Rule of Law?: On Torture, Spying,  and Detention in the War on Terror"
    [listen: mp3 | RealAudio]
    presented in collaboration with the World Beyond the Headlines Series

Winter 2006

Autumn 2005

Spring 2005

Autumn 2004

Spring 2004

Winter 2004

Autumn 2003

Winter 2003

  • Jan 23: "Freedom and Bread: The Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights" - lecture by Justice Albie Sachs (listen to the lecture in RealAudio)
  • Feb 20: Health Care for All? A University of Chicago Policy Debate

Spring 2002

  • April 17: Practice of Human Rights Series - Dalia Mina Valencia, Witness for Peace, Colombia.
  • April 26: Practice of Human Rights Series - Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • May 3: Practice of Human Rights Series - Ben Davis, Regional Program Director, Americas Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO Washington D.C.
  • May 9: Ignacio Martin-Baro Award Presentation - Benjamin Cuellar, Director of the Human Rights Institute of the Central American University in San Salvador (IDHUCA).

Winter 2002

  • January 9: "Violence at the Intersections" - Spoken word presentation by staff of Apna Ghar, a Chicago domestic violence shelter that has served over 3800 domestic violence clients since its inception in 1990.  Co-sponsored by the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) Pan-Asian Students Association, and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
  • January 16: The Practice of Human Rights: The Work of Amnesty International - Speakers include staff of Midwest Amnesty International and former political prisoner, Mustapha Kamal (Morocco), Instructor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.
  • January 24: Immigration Policy I (student organized program-Amnesty International chapter) Speakers: Saskia Sassen (Professor, Sociology); Mae Ngai (Assistant Professor, History); and Susan Gzesh (Director, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago). Moderator: Emilio Kouri (History).
  • February 7: Immigration Policy II  (student organized program-Amnesty International chapter) Speakers: Fred Tsao, Immigration and Citizenship Coordinator of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR); Spring Miller, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights; and Roberto de la Cruz, Midwest Coordinator for the Coalition for Immigration Reform, on behalf of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Moderator: Dan Morgan (Living Wage Campaign).
  • February 13: The Practice of Human Rights: Police Torture and Impunity in Chicago Speakers: Juan Mendez, Professor of Law at Notre Dame University Law School and Commissioner of the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights; Dr. Robert Kirschner, Pathology and Pediatrics, University of Chicago; Locke Bowman, Director, MacArthur Justice Center, University of Chicago Law School; and Flint Taylor, Peoples Law Office
  • February 22: "Strangers in the House: Reflections on the Relation of Human Rights and Politics in Palestine and Israel." Speaker: Raja Shehadeh (Founder, al-Haq) 

Autumn 2001

  • October 11: Human Rights 2002 Internship Information Session/Welcome Reception
  • October 12: The Recovery of Historical Memory Project (REHMI), Guatemala. Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Divinity School, this program brought Guatemalan activists who participated in the preparation and publication of a report that documented the human rights abuses that occurred during Guatemala's 36-year civil war that targeted indigenous populations.
  • December 3,8,9: Antigone Project. Collaboration with University Theater and the Kovler Center. Short plays written by University of Chicago students and clients of the Kovler Center for survivors of torture; performed in Mandel hall and off campus by University of Chicago students.