The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights stimulates conversation across disciplines, divisions, and schools within the University through lectures, workshops, conferences, film screenings, and visits to campus by prominent human rights activists and scholars, including Univeristy of Chicago alumni. 

Upcoming Events

Festival of Human Rights: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 1-8pm
Regenstein Library, Room 122
December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the landmark document that for the first time enumerated the fundamental human rights to be universally honored and protected. In honor of this occasion, the Pozen Center is throwing a Festival of Human Rights. Over an eight-hour period, attendees are invited to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of human rights through art making, literature, historical reflection, and more. Students, faculty, and community members will select one of the UDHR’s thirty articles and interpret it through a contemporary lens. Professor Carol Anderson will keynote the final session. Full schedule and more info.

Human Rights in Practice Symposium
Friday, February 1, 2019 | 10am-5pm, reception to follow
Regenstein Library, Room 122
Join the Pozen Center for our annual Human Rights in Practice Symposium featuring a keynote lecture and presentations by 2018 Human Rights Interns. More details to follow.

Ronald Kitchen’s “My Midnight Years”
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 5-7:30pm
University Church, 5655 S University Ave
My Midnight Years
is the first memoir by a victim of Jon Burge’s torture ring—one of the most horrifically racist government-organized practices in America since the days of slavery. Join the Human Rights Lab for a book reading and discussion with Ronald Kitchen, whose book is more than just a memoir—because his ordeal is not his alone. Kitchen was only one of scores of victims of Jon Burge and his notorious Midnight Crew, a group of rogue police detectives who spent decades terrorizing, brutalizing, and incarcerating men—118 have come forward so far—in Chicago’s African American communities. A reception will follow the program. More info to come.

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Please email Kirsten Gindler at least one week prior to your event with the title, date, time, location, 1-2 sentence description, and a website or contact information. All submissions for a Monday email must be received by the preceding Thursday and will be approved before they are posted. 

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