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

Resistance & Democracy on the Ground: Black Women’s Struggles against State Violence from Brazil to Chicago
Thursday, May 23 | 5-7pm
SSA Room EI, 969 E 60th Street
Brazil and the United States have both seen the rise of democratically elected leaders who campaigned on and delivered policies intended to increase police violence and mass incarceration, subvert democratic norms, and constrain the rights of marginalized communities. But both countries have also seen the emergence of important resistance movements led by black women who have been directly affected by racialized state violence and other exclusionary policies. Join us for a conversation about shared struggles and strategies of resistance and mobilization in Brazil and the United States, centering the work of black women to reclaim rights and transform democracy from the ground up. More info here. Presented by the Human Rights Lab, School of Social Service Administration, 3CT, CSRPC, CSGS, and CLAS.

Nick Estes: "Our History is the Future"
Monday, June 3, 2019 | 3-5pm
Classics Building Room 210, 1010 E 59th Street
Join us for a book talk by Nick Estes on his new work, "Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance." His talk will be followed by a round-table with Chicago-based organizers from NoDAPL and BLM, responding to the book. Estes is Kul Wicasa and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. For 2017-2018, Estes was the American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. His research engages colonialism and global Indigenous histories, with a focus on decolonization, environmental justice, anti-capitalism, and the Oceti Sakowin. In 2015, his reporting on bordertown violence and racism for Indian Country Today won a Third Place Prize for Excellence in Beat Reporting from the Native American Journalism Association. Estes’ writing is also featured in Jacobin, Indian Country Today, The Funambulist Magazine, High Country News, and La Jicarita. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature, History, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Pozen Center for Human Rights

2019 Annual Kirschner Lecture with Dean Spade 
Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival 

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 6-7:30pm, reception to follow
International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E 59th St
This annual lecture honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the UChicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Dean Spade is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Gender and Law, Policing and Imprisonment, and Law and Social Movements. Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, and released a documentary titled Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back! Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Dean was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School.  RSVP for free tickets here.

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