Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture series honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, MD, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program.

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2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture: A Conversation with Gordon Quinn, AB'65

Thursday, June 2
6:00 p.m.
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.
This year’s Kirschner Memorial Lecture will feature Gordon Quinn, AB’65, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films. Founded in 1966 by three University of Chicago graduates, Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit documentary production collective best known for producing socially impactful works such as Hoop Dreams(1994), The Interrupters (2011), and the Roger Ebert, EX’70, biopic Life Itself (2014). Quinn has been executive producer or director on numerous award-winning documentaries, includingHome for Life (1966), Golub (1988), Hoop Dreams (1994), The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013), andLife Itself (2014). Kartemquin Films is celebrating its 50th year in 2016.

Quinn will be interviewed on stage by Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the interim director (2015-16) of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

Download the 2016 program here.

About Robert H. Kirschner, MD

Robert H. Kirschner, MD (1940-2002), a clinical associate in the Department of Pathology and Pediatrics and a founding faculty board member of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, died at the University of Chicago Hospitals on September 15, 2002. Dr. Kirschner was an internationally recognized authority on forensic pathology, human rights violations, police brutality, torture and child abuse and an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. He also supported Asociacion Pro-Busqueda, a past project partner of the Human Rights Program, in their mission to reunite Salvadorean families with the children who disappeared or were adopted by U.S. families during that country's civil war. To learn more about the life and work of Dr. Kirschner, see:

Past Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lectures

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Reflecting on Photography and Human Rights" 
with Susan Meiselas, Magnum photographer
Thursday, June 4, 2015
6:00-7:30pm | Reception to Follow
Doors open at 5:30pm
International House Assembly Hall

Susan Meiselas, internationally recognized and award-winning Magnum photographer, will draw upon her decades of experience documenting human rights issues across the globe, including the Central American conflicts of the 1970s and 1980s, collective memory in Kurdistan, and indigenous people in Indonesia. Meiselas is currently president of the Magnum Foundation, which has recently supported a photographic project on the South Side of Chicago.

2015 Kirschner Lecture Poster

Download the 2015 Kirschner Lecture Poster here.

Download the 2015 Kirschner Lecture Program here.

June 5, 2014

"Health and Human Rights: Lessons from Haiti and Rwanda"
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD,
Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder, Partners in Health; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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June 6, 2013

"What Has the International Human Rights Movement Accomplished?"
Aryeh Neier, Founder of Human Rights Watch [view poster, program]

May 31, 2012

"Reconnecting in the Aftermath of El Salvador's Civil War: The Joys and Challenges of Finding Family"
Professor Margaret E. Ward and Nelson Ward de Witt
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June 2, 2011

"Rage Against the Machine: Torture, Bystanders and the Failure of Journalism”
John Conroy, Author and Journalist
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June 3, 2010

“Literature and Individual Sovereignty”
Aleksandar Hemon, Author [View poster, View program; watch & listen: mov & mp3]

April 15, 2009

“Prevention, Peacemaking and Transitional Justice”

Juan Méndez, President, International Center for Transitional Justice [View poster; watch: mov; listen: mp3]

June 5, 2008

“House of Secrets: The Place of Storytelling in Human Rights”
Alex Kotlowitz, Journalist and Author
View poster; watch & listen: House of Secrets: The Place of Storytelling in Human Rights

April 12, 2007

"Truth, Lies, and Duct Tape"
Sara Paretsky, Author
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