The Human Rights Program creates space for dialogue between the University and broader community through lectures, workshops, conferences, film screenings, and visits to campus by prominent human rights activists and scholars, including a number of University alumni. Since 1998, the Program has sponsored conferences on international and domestic human rights issues including detention, torture, and post-conflict reconciliation, as well as on the practice of human rights and the teaching of human rights in liberal education. Throughout the academic year, the Program sponsors many student-initiated human rights educational events on a wide range of topics, often in conjunction with interested student organizations. Human Rights Program staff and students also speak on human rights topics at local high schools and other universities and to community organizations and activist groups.
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Regular Event Series
Pozen Professor Lecture series
The Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights is a senior scholar or practitioner with a distinguished record in human rights in the academic, professional, journalistic, political, or civic world. In addition to teaching one Human Rights course during his/her stay at the University of Chicago, the Pozen Professor also gives a public lecture series.
Human Rights Workshop Series
This workshop series occurs throughout each quarter and includes common readings, graduate student presentations, and guest presenters.
Annual Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture
This annual lecture series honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Find out more about past Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lectures.
View events from previous years on our List of Past Events.