Past Workshops

Spring Quarter 2014

April 2, 2014: The Endtimes of Human Rights. Presenter: Stephen Hopgood, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies. Discussant: Mark Philip Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College

April 9, 2014: Economic Rights as Human Rights: Korean People's Protests for Democracy in the Late 1970s. Presenter: Ingu Hwang, PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago

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

May 7, 2014: Emergencies and their Sympathy-scapes: HIV/AIDS and Sex Trafficking in Hyderabad, India. Presenter: Kimberly Walters, PhD Candidate in Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

May 21, 2014: From Spanish Earth to the United Nations: Archibald MacLeish and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights. Presenter: Hadji Bakara, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago

Winter Quarter 2014

January 15, 2014: Human Rights as Political Practice: Reading Charles Beitz Against Himself. Presenter: Emma Mackinnon, PhD Student in Political Science, University of Chicago

January 29, 2014: Colonialism and Global Distributive Justice: A Reading of Pogge's Global Resources Dividend. Presenter: Tejas Parasher, PhD Student in Political Science, University of Chicago

February 5, 2014: The Juridical Epigenesis of Reason: Life, Second-personal Dignity, and Human Rights. Presenter:  Ariel Zylberman, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto. *A joint session with Practical Philosophy workshop

February 12, 2014: The Politics of Opposing Torture: Amnesty International's First Special Campaign, 1972-1974. Presenter: Barbara Keys, Department of History, University of Melbourne. Discussant: Michael Geyer, Samuel N. Harper Professor of German and European History

February 26, 2014: The Novel of Human Rights. Presenter: James Dawes, Professor of English and Director of the Program in Human Rights and Humanitarianism, Macalester College

Fall Quarter 2013

November 6: Introductory and Collective Reading Session

  1. Fassin, Didier. "Humanitarianism as a Politics of Life." Public Culture 19, no. 3 (2007): 499-520.
  2. Calhoun, Craig. "The Idea of Emergency: Humanitarian Action and Globa (Dis)Order." In Contemporary States of Emergency : The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, edited by Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi. 29-58. New York; Cambridge, Mass.: Zone Books; Distributed by the MIT Press, 2010.

November 20: Seeking Enlightenment Above, Saving Those Below: Emerging Discourses and Practices of Buddhist Social Work in Japan, 1895-1915. Presenter: Cameron Penwell, PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago

Winter 2013

January 16: Andy Janco, Human Rights Lecturer, University of Chicago Human Rights Program

January 24: Edward Blum, Associate Professor of History at San Diego State University; "The Color of Christ: The Song of God and the Saga of Race in America" - Co-Sponsored with the Religions in America Workshop and the Social History Workshop [Note special time, location: Thursday, January 24, 12 p.m. in Swift Hall 106]

January 30: Young-Sun Hong, Associate Professor of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook; "The Third World in the Two Germanys: An Entangled History of the Cold War and Decolonization"

February 13: Martha Biondi, Associate Professor of African-American Studies and History, Northwestern University

February 27: Jack Lesniewski, PhD Candidate in the School of Social Service Administration; "In the Absence of Duty: Low-Wage Immigrant Workers, Workers Centers, and Workers Rights"

Autumn 2012

October 24: Dr. Dani Filc, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University
"Medical humanitarianism, human rights and political advocacy: The case of the Israeli Open Clinic"
Discussant: Evan Lyon, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

November 7: Professor John Kelly, Department of Anthropology, and Professor Daniel Brudney, Department of Philosophy, will lead a discussion of "Human Rights: Rights and Duties"

December 5: Patrick Kelly, PhD candidate, Department of History
"The Global Specter of Argentina's Disappeared."

Winter 2012

January 18, Professor Tara Zahra, Department of History
"A 'Psychological Marshall Plan'" and "Renationalizing Displaced Children," chapters 3 and 4 from her recent book: The Lost Children: Reconstructing Europe's Families After World War II Discussant: Charlotte Walker-Said, postdoctoral lecturer in the Human Rights Program

February 8, Rachel Feinmark, PhD Candidate, Department of History
" 'A House United': Labor Rights as Human Rights at the U.N.", a chapter from her dissertation, "Look For the Union Label: The American Federation of Labor and the Jewish Labor Committee's Partnership for Economic Justice and International Human Rights, 1933-1955." Discussant: John McCallum, PhD Candidate, Department of History.

February 15, Alfred McCoy, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Selections from Torture and Impunity (forthcoming) Discussant: Professor James Hevia, Department of History

March 7, Laura Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law at George Washington University
Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Policy Discussant: TBA

Autumn 2011

October 12: Ben Roth, PhD candidate SSA
"Social exclusion in the suburbs? Network ties, local institutions, and the life chances of immigrant youth in Waukegan"

October 19: Jacob Lesniewski, PhD candidate SSA
"Rights Talk in the Workplace: Justice Campaigns of an Immigrant Workers Center"

November 2: Kathryn Goldfarb, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology
Topic: Child welfare in Japan
Chapter for edited volume on global child protection

November 16: John Dobard, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science
"Human Rights and Their Purposes"
Topic: Human dignity and human rights, cases of severe disability and infants
Dissertation chapter

November 30: Jeffrey Kahn, PhD candidate, Anthropology
"Border Laboratories"

December 7: Rachel Feinmark, PhD candidate, Department of History
"The AFL and Human Rights at the UN"
Time 4:30 pm - Location TBD

Spring 2011

Tuesday, April 5: Charlotte Walker, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in the Human Rights Program, "Rural Resistance, European Law, and Human Rights Discourse in the 'Great Struggle Against the Head Chief' in French Cameroon, 1925-1935,"
Discussant: Ralph Austen, Professor Emeritus of African History

Tuesday, April 12: Erika Tschinkel, PhD Student in the Department of History, "Hans Kelsen's Contribution to the Debate on the Punishment of War Criminals at the End of World War II," JHF Room (**SSR Tea Room**)
Discussant: Tom Ginsburg, Professor of Law

Thursday, April 28: (co-sponsored with the Social History Workshop) Elizabeth Dale, "Pushing the Boundaries of the Public Sphere: The Su Bao Case and Transnational Constitutional Order in China, 1894-1904," (**4:30 pm**)
Discussant: James Hevia, Professor of International History and Director of the International Studies Program in the College

Tuesday, May 10: Jaira Harrington, "Domestic Work, Legal-Social Policy and Political Subjectivity in the Brazilian Context," PhD Student in Political Science
Discussant: Tania Islas Weinstein, PhD Student in the Department of Political Science

Tuesday, May 17: Susie Linfield, Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University, will present on her recent book The Cruel Radiance. Introduction by Charlotte Walker, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Human Rights Program, and Comment by Mark Bradley, Professor of International History (**Franke Institute for the Humanities, 5:30 pm**)

Tuesday, May 31: Ann Schneider, Historian at the Human Rights Law Division of the Department of Homeland Security, 2008 Graduate of the University of Chicago Department of History, "The Charges of Torture and Extrajudicial Killing in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act and the Implications for Latin American Cases,"
Discussant: Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Human Rights Program and Senior Lecturer in the College

Winter 2010

January 18: Marco Duranti, University of Sydney, "Human Rights and Conservative Politics in Postwar Europe: Reexamining the Origins of the European Convention",
JHF Room (SS 224), 12 PM
Discussant: Mark Bradley, Professor of International History

February 10: Patrick Kelly, PhD Student in History, "The Ambiguities of Anti- Politics: Transnational Human Rights Advocacy in the Southern Cone in the Long 1970s," Kelly 114, 4:30 PM
Discussant: Aiala Levy, PhD Student,
Department of History

February 17: Ev Meade, Assistant Professor of History at UC-San Diego, "The Sovereignty of Suffering: Capital Punishment and Collective Identity in Mexico, 1810-1910,"
Kelly 114, 4:30 PM.
Discussant: TBD

February 24: Elizabeth Dale, Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, "Reading the Map of a Stateless Citizenship: The Su Bao Case, China c. 1904," Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida," SS Tea Room (SS 201), 4:30 PM
Discussant: TBD

March 10: Maria Akchurin, PhD Student in Sociology, "Granting Rights to Nature: Environmental Politics and Ecuador's 2008 Constitution," Kelly 114, 4:30PM
Discussant: Jaira Harrington, PhD Student in Political Science

Autumn 2010

October 5: Sheldon Lyke, Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology, "Where in the World is Brown v. Board of Education? Cosmopolitan Innovation and the Deterritorialization of an American Civil Rights Case"
Discussant: Jane Dailey, Associate Professor of History

October 19: John Dobard, Ph.D. Student, Department of Political Science, "The Inheritance of Excellence: On the Uses, Justification, and Problem of Human Dignity"
Discussant: Micah Lott, PhD Student, Department of Philosophy

November 2: Roundtable on Samuel Moyn's recent book, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, led by Department of History Professors Mark Bradley and Michael Geyer

November 16: Brad Simpson, Assistant Professor of History and International Studies, Princeton University, "The End of Colonialism and the Right to Self-Determination"
Discussant: James Hevia, Professor of International History and Director of the International Studies Program in the College

November 30: Sam Lebovic, Ph.D. Student, Department of History, "From Global Rights to the Cold War: The US Failure to Enshrine Freedom of Information at the UN and the Birth of the Geopolitics of Information, 1943-1950"
Discussant: Jennifer Amos, PhD Student, Department of History

Spring 2010

April 8: Susan Karr, Visiting Fellow, Max Weber Post doctoral Program, European University Institute - "Natural Rights, Ius Gentium, and Civil Liberties: Ulrich Zasius on the Limits of Slavery and Servitude."

April 15: Douglas Massey, Henry Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Co-director of the Mexican Migration Project - "The New Reality of Mexico-US Migration"
Discussants: Hon. Lázaro Cárdenas Batel, Former governor, State of Michoacán, Mexico; Artemio Arreola, Political Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Xóchitl Bada, Assistant Professor, Latin American & Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

April 22: Jonah Rubin, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Historical Memory and the Making of Liberal-Democratic Citizens in Spain."
Discussant: Noa Vaisman, Human Rights Program Lecturer, University of Chicago

May 6: Grace Chae, PhD Student, Department of History, University of Chicago – "Orientalizing Violence: The U.S. Military's Policy of 'Uncontested Control' in POW Camps During the Korean War"
Discussant: Patrick Collins, PhD Student, Department of History, University of Chicago

May 20: Jennifer Amos, PhD Student, Department of History, University of Chicago - "Soviet Union, the Genocide Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
Discussant: Mark Bradley, Professor of U.S. International History, University of Chicago

May 27: Nusrat Chowdhury, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Democracy's Mediumship: The 'Emergency' and Other Stories of Political Violence in Bangladesh"
Discussant: Shefali Jha, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Winter 2010

Human Rights & Immigration (co-sponsored with the Immigration Workshop)

January 12: Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Human Rights Program, and Senior Lecturer in the College - "Redefining Forced Migration Using Human Rights"

January 26: Katherine Turk, PhD Student, Department of History - "Sex Discrimination Case Construction, Rights Rhetoric and Legal Culture in the New York Hotel Industry, 1977-1990"

February 11: Nell Gabiam, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture - "In Order not to Forget: Memory, Identity and the Right of Return in Syria's Palestinian Refugee Camps"

February 23: Valentina Calderon, PhD Student, Harris school of Public Policy - "Labor Market Effects of Migration-Related Supply Shocks: Evidence from Internal Refugees in Colombia"

March 9: Laura Hernandez, PhD Student, Department of Sociology - "The Commodification of the Immigrant Body and the Rise of the Immigration Industrial Complex"

Autumn 2009

November 12: Margaret Power, Associate Professor of History, Illinois Institute of Technology - "The Effective Immorality of Torture: Linking Latin America to Contemporary Debates"

November 19: Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud, PhD Student, Department of Comparative Literature - "Ottoman Barbarities, Greek Rights and the Orientalist Imaginary of Liberalism"

December 3: Anne-Marie Cusac, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Roosevelt University, "Abu Ghraib, USA"

Spring 2009

April 2: Lisa Simeone, Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Eating the Past, Feeding the Future: Value, Adjudicatio and the Politics of Integration among Congolese Migrants to the U.S."
Discussant: Anwen Tormey, Anthropology, University of Chicago

April 16: Mona Mehta, Political Science, University of Chicago
Discussant: Sean Dowdy, Anthropology, University of Chicago

May 4: "Migration and Human Rights in the North American Corridor: Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Challenges" - Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion (co-sponsored with Migracion y Desarrollo journal and the Council on Latin American Studies)

May 7: Bill O. Hing, Professor, Law, University of California-Davis - "ICE Raids, Race and Immigration Policy" (co-sponsored with the Workshop on Race and Racial Ideologies)
Discussant: Professor Susan Gzesh, Executive Director, Human Rights Program and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago

May 14: Heather Smith, Professor, Political Science, Lewis and Clark University - "Explaining the Ratification of Human Rights Treatises: NGO Pressures and Unanticipated Effects" (co-sponsored with PIPES workshop)

May 28: Joy James, Professor, Political Science, Williams College - (co-sponsored with the Crime and Punishment Workshop?)

June 4: Anwen Tormey, Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Out of Africa: Bodily Truths, Cultural Practices and Asylum Adjudication in Ireland"

Winter 2009

January 8: James Sparrow, Assistant Professor, History, University of Chicago - "Entangling Alliances: Naturalizing and Internationalizing the U.S. National Interest, 1944-50" (co-sponsored with the Political History workshop)

January 15: Samuel Moyn, Professor, History, Columbia University - "Rethinking the Prehistory of Human Rights" (Most of the arguments in the chapter are available in a brief article - "On the Genealogy of Morals," The Nation, April 16, 2007, available online here - which you can read instead)
Discussant: Professor Mark Bradley

January 29: Beatrice Jauregui, Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Can the Constable Speak? From Discipline to Depoliticization of Police in India"

February 12: Vincent Brown,, Professor, Harvard University - "Social Death and Political Life in Atlantic Slavery" (co-sponsored with the Latin American History workshop and Empire and Colonies Workshop)

February 26: John Acevedo, History, University of Chicago - "A Good Union or Political Renegade? The Role of the California Correctional Peace Officer's Association in California Politics and the Passage of the Three Strikes Law"
Discussant: Jessica Neptune, History PhD Candidate

March 3: Cassie Fennell, Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Chicago's Public Housing Redevelopment as a National Ethical Political Experiment" (co-sponsored with the Science, Technology, Society and the State workshop)
Discussant: Liza Weinstein, Sociology PhD Candidate

Autumn 2008

October 23: Michael Geyer, Professor, History, University of Chicago - Round table on Recent Human Rights Scholarship

November 13: Lisa Simeone, Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Debrouillons-Nous: Congolese Migration and the Art of Making Politics in a New World"

November 20: Teach-in on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 4: Standish Willis and Joey Mogul, People's Law Office - "Human Rights at Home: The U.N. and the Chicago Police Torture cases" (co-sponsored with the Workshop on Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies)

December 11: James Sparrow, Assistant Professor, History, University of Chicago
"Entangling Alliances: Naturalizing and Internationalizing the U.S. National Interest, 1944-50"

Spring 2008

April 1: Jennifer Amos, History, University of Chicago - "Flirting with Human Rights: Soviet Diplomacy, 1954-1958" (co-sponsored with the Russian Studies Workhop)

April 17: Alan Gomez, Professor, History, Ithaca College - "Guerrilla Pedagogies against 'Backyard Colonialism': Political Education, Frontier Justice, and the Prison Rebellion Years"

April 24: Sarah Parkinson, Political Science, University of Chicago - "The Politics of Prestige: Factional Violence Among Palestinians in Lebanon" (co-sponsored with the Comparative Politics Workshop)

May 1: Nick Smith, Political Science, University of Chicago - "Neo-Liberal Democracy: Civic Participation and the Politics of Redistribution in Post-Apartheid South Africa" (co-sponsored with the African Studies Workshop)

May 22: Mona Mehta, Political Science, University of Chicago - "From Gandhi to gurus: The Paradox of Deliberative Democracy in Gujarat, India" (co-sponsored with the Theory and Action in South Asian Studies Workshop)

June 3: "A Roundtable Discussion on the Illinois Criminal Justice System"

Spring 2007

April 5: Kerry Chance, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology - "The Cut-Off: Water and Electricity Politics in the 'New' South Africa"

April 12: Erica Simmons, PhD Student, Department of Political Science - "Resource Rebellion: Social Movements, Subsistence, and the Bolivian Water Wars"

April 19: Shayna Silverstein, PhD Candidate, Department of Music

April 26: Thomas J. Adams, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "The Not So Strange Career of Clifford Clinton: Defeated Visions of Service Work in Postwar Los Angeles" (co-sponsored with the Social History Workshop)

May 3: Michiko Nakajima, J.D. -"The Fifteen Woman Lawsuit Opposing the Self-Defense Forces in Iraq" (co-sponsored with the Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop)

May 17: David Theo Goldberg, Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute

Winter 2007

Human Rights and History

January 11: The Chicago History Human Rights Group - Thematic and Planning Discussion

January 25: Stephen Porter, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "Human Rights and the Problem of Formal Equality: Labor Exploitation in the U.S. Displaced Persons Program, 1946-1952"

February 8: Lisa Simeone, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - " ‘Dangerous Classes, Races and Sex’: Modeling Equality and Protecting the French Motherland during the Second Half of the 19th Century"

February 22: Ann Schneider, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "Amnesty and Constitutional Guarantees Against State Abuse in Brazil, 1895-1922"

March 1: A J Aiseirithe, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "Piloting the Car of Human Freedom: Abolitionism, Woman Suffrage, and the Problem of Radical Reform, 1860-1870"

March 8: Susan Karr, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - " ‘The Law of Nations is Common to All Mankind': ius naturale et ius gentium in the works of Ulrich Zasius"

Autumn 2006

Human Rights and the Environment (co-sponsored with the Workshop on the Global Environment)

October 12: Dinah Shelton, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School - "Linkages Between Environmental Protection and Human Rights,"

November 9: Kathleen Morrison, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago; Director, Center for International Studies - "The Dangerous Allure of Big Dams: an Historical Perspective on Dam-Building in India"

November 16: Sonja Pieck, Lecturer and Research Associate, Environmental Studies Program - "Nature, Natives and Networks: Institutionalizing Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Transnational Politics"

November 30: Alaka Wali, Curator and Director, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change (CCUC), Field Museum; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Chicago - "Conservation Concessions, National Parks, Biospheres, and Other Problematic Concepts: Territorial Rights in the Context of Worldwide Environmental Conservation Efforts"

Spring 2006

March 30: Richard Pithouse, Research Fellow, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa - "Our Struggle is Thought on the Ground Running" (co-sponsored with African Studies Workshop)

March 31: Teruhisa Horio, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo - "From the Front Lines of the Human Rights Battle in Japan: Constitution, Flag and Anthem in the Schools" (co-sponsored with East Asia: Trans-Regional Histories Workshop, Art and Politics of East Asia workshop, and the Japan Committee)

April 27: Andrea Wenzel, WBEZ - Film Screening of "Madame Pink" and Discussion of Violence Against Women in Ghana

May 4: Huffa Frobes-Cross, PhD Student, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University - "You Cannot Help But Be Outraged: Photography and Responsibility in the Abu Ghraib Scandal"

May 11: Paul Silverstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Reed College - "The Context of Antisemitism and Islamophobia in France," (co-sponsored with Anthropology of Europe Workshop)

May 18: Jennifer Amos, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "The Soviet Conception of Human Rights"

May 25: Norma Field, Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - Film Screening and Discussion on Depleted Uranium in collaboration with EALC 27605, "Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Beyond"

Winter 2006

January 19: Holning Lau, Public Policy Fellow, Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law, UCLA School of Law - "Transcending the Individualist Paradigm in Sexual Orientation Antidiscrimination Law"

February 16: Anwen Tormey, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Everyone with Eyes Can See the Problem: Moral Citizens and the Space of Irish Nationhood"

February 23: Michael Green, Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago - "Bernard Williams's Political Philosophy,"

March 2: Anna Holian, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "Anti-Communism in the Streets: Refugee Politics in Cold-War Germany, 1945-1955"

Autumn 2005

October 14: Everard Kidder Meade, Assistant Professor of History, University of California at San Diego - "Death, Destiny, and Dissonance in the Revolutionary Constitution: The Death Penalty in Mexico, 1917-1920"

October 20: Emma Gilligan, Post-Doctoral Fellow in History, University of Chicago - "Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: War Crimes and Terror in Chechnya"

November 3: Adam Lupel, Managing Editor, Constellations Journal and Graduate Faculty, Department of Political Science, New School University - "Between Globalizing Present and Cosmopolitan Future? Toward a Transnational Politics of Popular Sovereignty"

November 17: Lisa Simeone, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Are Migrant Workers’ Rights Human Rights? Hoffman Plastics v NLRB and the Sovereign Power to Discriminate Under International Law"

Autumn 2005

April 12: Patricia Weiss Fagen, Senior Associate, Institute for Study of International Migration, Georgetown University - "The Challenge of Finding Solutions for a Growing population of Forced Migrants"
Discussants: Susan Gzesh, Director, Human Rights Program & Lecturer, Law School; University of Chicago
Andreas E. Feldmann, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago

April 26: John D. Kelly, Professor in Anthropology and Master of the Collegiate Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago - "Baseball Black and White: Jackie Robinson, Critical Events, Race and Nation"
Discussant: Ben Eastman, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of Chicago

May 10: Sara Hussein, MAPSS Student, University of Chicago - "An American State of Emergency? Post-9/11 'Anti- terrorist' Measures and International Human Rights Law"
Discussant: Peter G. Wilson, Student in Law School, University of Chicago

May 12: Ann Schneider, PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago - "Political Amnesty in Brazil, 1889-1979"
Discussant: Jessica Graham, PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago

May 31: Undergraduate Session

  • Lawrence "Rush" Atkinson, AB Candidate in Law, Letters & Society and Political Science, University of Chicago - "Cosmopolitan Courts: American Transjudicialism and Current Objections"
  • Indivar Dutta-Gupta, AB Candidate in Law, Letters & Society and Political Science, University of Chicago - "Constitutional Aspirations: The Constitutionalization of Government Commitments to Public Education in the United States"
  • Maureen Tracey-Mooney, AB Candidate in History, University of Chicago - "Carving Out Economic and Social Rights in the US: The Transformation of Hill-Burton and the Right to Health Care"

Winter 2005

January 19: Marvin Makinen, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - "Development of Forensic Database Methods in Search of 'the Disappeared': The Case of Raoul Wallenberg"

February 1: Jorge Contesse, Assistant Professor, Diego Portales Law School; LLM, Yale University - "The Rebel Democracy: a look into the relationship between the Mapuche people and the Chilean State"
Discussants: Victor Muñiz-Fraticelli, Graduate Student in Political Science, University of Chicago; Matthew Kelly, Graduate Student in Anthropology, University of Chicago

February 15: Galya Ruffer, JD, PhD, DePaul University - "Cosmopolitics of Asylum Seekers in the EU"
Discussant: Lisa Simeone, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

March 1: Alexandra Forter - "Gangs, Violent Crime and Citizen Security: A Comparative Analysis of the Application of Human Rights in Central American Law and Policy"
Discussant: Karolina Arias, MPP Student, University of Chicago

Autumn 2004

October 12: Shayna Plaut, Activist and Instructor, Columbia College - "Information Impasse: Mapping Communication Patterns between Romani Media and Romani NGOs in the Republic of Macedonia"
Discussant: George Velev, Graduate of CIR, University of Chicago

October 19: Neve Gordon, Assistant Professor in Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University - "Hamas and the Destruction of Risk Society: The Case of the Palestinian Health System"
Discussant: Orit Bashkin, Assistant Professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago

November 9: Luc Reydams, Faculty of Political Science, University of Notre Dame - "Universal Jurisdiction: Back to Square Zero?"

November 23: Murat Arsel, Research Associate and Lecturer in Environmental Studies, University of Chicago - "Environment, Development and Human Rights in Turkey."
Discussant: Jeremy Francis Walton, Ph.D. student in Anthropology

November 30: Rocío Magaña, Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Bodies, Borders, Protocols: Unauthorized migration, the management of life, and human rights discourse at the Arizona-Sonora Border"
Discussants: Julia Young and Andreas Feldmann

Spring 2004

May 25: Matthew Kelly, Ph.D. student, Anthropology, University of Chicago "Naturalizing Seminole 'Racism' and the Multicultural Self"
Discussant: William Novak, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago

May 18: Dingding Chen, Ph.D. candidate, Political Science, University of Chicago "Transformation from Within: Explaining China’s Changing Discourse on Human Rights, 1978-present"
Discussant: De-Yuan Kao, Ph.D. student, Political Science, University of Chicago

May 4: Jennifer Rubenstein, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago "Accountability of International Private Humanitarian Organizations"
Discussant: Andreas Feldmann, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago

April 20: Joshua Preiss, Ph.D. Student in Philosophy, "Pluralism, Relativism, and Cultural Rights"
Discussant: Michael Stephens, Ph.D. Student in Philosophy

April 13: Emmanuel Saadia, Ph.D Candidate, Department of History - "The French Revolution and Human Rights in Historiographical Perspective"
Discussant: Dana Simmons, Ph.D Candidate, Department of History

Winter 2004

January 13: Alexsander Popov, PhD candidate in Economics, U of C - "Labor Discrimination in the Czech Republic"
Discussant: Randall Schmidt, Professor in the Law School

January 27: Maritza Poros, Assistant Prof. in Sociology, IIT - "Migration and Human Rights Concerns in Southern Europe"
Discussant: Evalyn Tennant

February 24: Janet Afary, Associate Prof. of History and Women's Studies, Dept. of History, Purdue University - "The Human Rights of Middle Eastern & Muslim Women"
Discussant: Holly Shissler, Assistant Professor, NELC

March 9: Jacob Levy, Assistant Professor, Political Science - "Language Rights, Literacy, and the Modern State"
Discussant: Michael Green, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Autumn 2003

November 4th: Andreas Feldmann, Post-Doctoral Fellow - "New Formulas, Old Sins: Human Rights Abuses Against Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees in the Americas"
Discussants: Susan Gzesh and Jorge Durand

November 25: Xóchitl Bada, Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology and Research Assistant, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame - "The Movement to Enfranchise Mexican Expatriates: A Case Study of Market Membership Without Absentee Suffrage"
Discussant: Kesha Fikes, Asst. Prof., Anthropology

December 2: Sheldon Lyke, PhD student, Department of Sociology: "Forgetting Justice Powell-a critical review of the Supreme Court's sodomy decision in Lawrence v. Texas"
Discussant: Carl Nash, PhD student, Department of History, University of Chicago

Autumn 2002

October 2: Neve Gordon, Professor, Ben Gurion University - "Rationalizing Extra-Judicial Executions: The Israeli Press and the Legitimization of Abuse"
Discussant: Jennifer Mitzen, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for International Relations.

October 16: Mieke Holkeboer, Doctoral Candidate in Theology at the Divinity School - "Humanizing Human Rights in South Africa: What Happens After the Truth and Reconciliation Committee?"

November 7: Abel Barrera, Tlachinollan (Mexican NGO concerned with indigenous rights issues)

November 20: Edith Garneau, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science - "Gender presence within the work of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Affairs"

November 26: Judith Yaphe, Institute for National Strategic Studies - "Iraq, Regime Change, and Human Rights: Will there be a Republic of Fear after Saddam?"

Spring 2002

April 9: Andrea Muehlebach, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - "What "self" in "self-determination"? Notes from the frontiers of transnational indigenous activism"

April 11: Patricia Gossman, Women's Studies Department, Georgetown University - "Prospects for Peace:Can Afghanistan Survive its Past?" (co-sponsored with South Asia Lang & Area Civilization)

April 29: David Cole, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center - "Enemy Aliens: Trading Immigrants' Liberties for Our Security?"

May 8: Victor Boutros, JD candidate, Law School, University of Chicago - "Can the U.S. Do Anything About Sex Trafficking in Asia?"

May 21: Jennifer Jailey Philpot, Ph.D. Candidate, Divinity School, University of Chicago - "Peace Under Fire: Evangelical Resistance to the Peace Process in Post-War Guatemala"

Winter 2002

January 29: Evalyn Tennant, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago - "Locating the 'Grassroots' in Transnational Activism"

February 12: Ev Meade, Ph.D Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago - "Death Penalty in Mexico"

February 19: Shane Green, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago - "Indigenous Knowledge as Potential Intellectual Property in Peru"

Autumn 2001

September 28: Vicki Grieves, Ph.D candidate, Department of Anthropology, Univeristy of Newcastle, Australia - "Indigenous Rights in Australia"

October 22: Miguel Angel de los Santos, Human Rights Attorney from Chiapas, Mexico - "Chiapas and Human Rights in Mexico"

November 2: Sergio Aguayo, Professor at El Colegio de Mexico and the New School - "The Practice of Human Rights in Mexico: Have Conditions Improved under Vicente Fox?"

November 7: Moethee Zun, Autumn 2001 Activist Fellow of the Human Rights Program/ founder of the Democratic Party for a New Society in Burma - "Burma Under Military Rule: Human Rights and the Possibility of Change"

November 14: Tara Holeman, Hong Kong Director, Business for Social Responsibility BSR - "Corporate Social Responsibility and Labor Rights: What Constitutes a 'Victory' over a Sweatshop?"