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

Announcing 2016 Student Awards!

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

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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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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). 

Read more about the Human Rights Internship Program here

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 Conference: Call for Papers


Keynote by Antony Anghie, University of Utah “Colonialism and the Future of Human Rights”

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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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Now accepting applications for Post-doctoral Instructor in Human Rights, 2016-17

Post-Doctoral Instructor in Human Rights

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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 Sciences

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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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