Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

The University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights is a unique interdisciplinary program committed to a model that explores human rights issues and questions both in theory and practice. We invite you to use the links on the left menu to learn more about our Center, including human rights initiatives, an internship program, a rigorous curriculum and undergratuate minor, visiting professors, community events, student awards, graduate student resources, and alumni news. We love hearing from our students, community, and alumni, so please contact us!

Featured News and Announcements

Alumnus Jasmine Heiss, AB'2010, featured in Newsweek

UChicago Human Rights Alumnus Jasmine Heiss, AB'2010 recently published an opinion piece in Newsweek: "Is it Time to Free Native American Activist Leonard Peltier?" 

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"Strangers Drowning" with Larissa MacFarquhar

Join us for a discussion with Larissa MacFarquhar about her book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help. Adam Etinson will moderate.

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Constructing Peace Amid Trauma and Human Rights Violations: from Academia to Practice

A Panel Discussion 

Thursday, April 28th | 4:30 - 6:00 PM Reception preceding the panel discussion  Saieh Hall, Room 021 | 5757 S. University Avenue, Chicago

This event is free and open to the public.

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Raimond Gaita: The Frail Idea of a Common Humanity

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lecture | 4:30-6:00pm Reception to follow Location: Social Sciences Tea Room | 1126 E. 59th Street, Chicago

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Announcing new Civilizations Studies Core sequence in Human Rights

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights is pleased to announce a new Civilization Core Studies sequence focused on Human Rights. The two-quarter sequence will begin in Autumn Quarter 2016 and is open to all College students. An article about the new Civilizations Core in the Maroon is available here.

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Announcing 2016 Student Awards!

The Pozen Center is excited to announce the following student opportunities:

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Announcing 2016 Human Rights Interns

Congratulations to the 2016 Human Rights Internship Cohort! Our 2016 cohort includes students from the College (21), as well as graduate students from the School of Social Service Administration (4), Harris School of Public Policy (1), Pritzker School of Medicine (1), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (1), and the Department of Comparative Human Development (1). 

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2016 Pozen Human Rights Interns and Internship Program Staff

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Human Rights: Voices from Mexico Speaker Series

Mexico is “a society that is wracked by high levels of insecurity, disappearances and killings, continuing harassment of human rights defenders and journalists, violence against women, and terrible abuses of migrants and refugees… For a country that is not engaged in a conflict, the estimated figures [of disappearances and killings] are simply staggering.”- October 2015, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Human Rights and Empire Graduate Student Conference: May 19-20, 2016

Thursday and Friday, May 19-20, 2016

Keynote address by Antony Anghie, University of Utah “Colonialism and the Future of Human Rights” Thursday, May 19; 4:30-6:30pm Reception to follow Location: Regenstein Library, Room 122; 1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago

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Beyond the Classroom: Human Rights in Practice Symposium

Human Rights Internship Symposium

Friday, January 22, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm Regenstein Library, Room 1221100 East 57th Street, Chicago

>> About the Human Rights Internship Program >> Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rohini Haar >> Symposium Schedule

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Tara Zahra: "America, the Not So Promised Land" in NYTimes

Tara Zahra, the Co-Chair of Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Faculty Board and professor of history published an opinion piece in the New York Times this past weekend, titled "America, the Not So Promised Land."

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Teach-In: What the Syrian refugee crisis can teach us about the European Union and global responsibilities

Teach-in and Panel Discussion

Monday, November 16, 2015 4:30-6:00pmClassics 110 (1010 E. 59th Street, Chicago) Casual reception to follow the event

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Workshop: Social Medicine and Human Rights in Health Professional Education

A strategic workshop to transform training globally.

Friday, October 30, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm Billings Hospital 860 E 59th Street | Room H-300

>> About the Workshop >> Workshop Goals >> Schedule >> Sponsors >> Participant RSVP and Live-Stream (please RSVP by Wed, Oct 28!).

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Tara Zahra Reflects on the European Asylum Crisis

Our own Tara Zahra (Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Board member) has an excellent piece in Foreign Affairs, shedding important light on the current asylum crisis in Europe and beyond. History, she points out, has a tendency to repeat itself.

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Congratulations to the Pozen Center Student Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Student Achievement Award Winners!

Ignacio Martín Baró Human Rights Essay Prizes

College: Miriam Shestack, History MA/Professional: Samantha Cook, MA Program in the Social Sciences Doctoral: Tejas Parasher, Political Science

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"Stop Revereing Magna Carta" by Pozen Center Board Member Tom Ginsburg

The Magna Carta's fame rests on huge myths. But those myths have become their own reality.

Professor of international law and political science at The University of Chicago and Pozen Family Center for Human Rights board member Tom Ginsburg recently had an Op-Ed piece featured in the New York Times. You can read the entire piece here.

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Faculty Director, Mark Philip Bradley gives Harper Lecture at the UChicago Center in Delhi

This winter, the Pozen Center Faculty Director Mark Philip Bradley travelled to the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, where he was invited to give a Harper Lecture.

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