Health and Human Rights

This project is lead by a faculty committee consisting of Dr. Renslow Sherer and Dr. Evan Lyon (Medical School), Dan Brudney (Philosophy), Haun Saussy (Comparative Literature), Brian Citro (Law School), and Susan Gzesh (Human Rights Program). 

Supported by the Pozen Fund and the University of Chicago Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, the Health & Human Rights project will sponsor the following activities in 2013 and 2014:

Roundtables on Health and Human Rights

During academic year 2013-14, the HHR project will organize a roundtable for scholars, health practitioners, students, community and NGO representatives on topics related to health and health-care inequality in Chicago, China, and Haiti. Upcoming events include:

  • The Cholera Chrisis in Haiti Events

Intersection of Public Health and Global Humanitarian Intervention (Wednesday, February 26; 12-1:30pm in BSLC 001): This panel will include a diverse group of experts in medicine and law who will discuss the recent public health efforts made to mitigate the spread of cholera across the country, and legal action to seek justice for victims of the cholera epidemic. More details and registration here.

Law in a Time of Cholera: The Failure of the United Nations in Haiti (Wednesday, February 26: 4:30-6pm in the Law School Room III): This panel will include a diverse group of experts in medicine and law who will discuss the recent public health efforts made to mitigate the spread of cholera across the country, and legal action to seek justice for victims of the cholera epidemic. More details and registration here.

  • HIV in China: Lessons and Challenges (Thursday, February 27; 8:30am-12:30pm): A diverse group of experts from public health, medicine, social science, and civil society will come together to discuss progress and challenges in the battle against HIV, including stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and people at risk, and legal, social, and cultural barrier to effective prevention and treatment. More details and registration here.

Health and Human Rights Stories project

During summer 2013, students from the University of Chicago and young people from the Woodlawn (Chicago) organization Fearless Leading by Youth (FLY) gathered stories about health and health-care access from community residents.  HHR students and faculty will work during the 2013-14 academic year to edit and publish those stories.

Autumn 2014 Symposium

“What (if any) elements of health care count as human rights?” This symposium will bring together philosophers and practitioners for a two day meeting on October 10-11, 2014. Professor Dan Brudney is organizing this conference with the support of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. More information will be available about the conference in Spring 2014.