Fall 2019 Kirschner Lecture: Albert Woodfox

International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St. Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 6 – 7:30 pm

The annual Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture honors the life and work of Dr. Kirschner, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Read more about Dr. Kirschner and see event details from previous years

Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement

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Doors open at 5:30pm | Reception and book signing to follow

Albert Woodfox is a former political prisoner and human rights advocate who served 43 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit. His sentence, served in a 6-by-9-foot cell at Louisiana’s Angola Prison, is the longest solitary confinement ever endured in the United States. After decades of activism and many legal appeals, Woodfox was released from prison in February 2016. He speaks to audiences worldwide about the inhumanity of solitary confinement. Join us as Woodfox discusses his advocacy and new memoir, Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope, which was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award.

Presented by the University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Human Rights Lab, and the Mass Incarceration Working Group. Cosponsored by the International House Global Voices Program and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. This event is backed by the Office of the Provost.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact International House in advance of the program at (773) 753-2274 or i-house-programs@uchicago.edu.


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. Read the University news release

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.

Read more about Dr. Kirschner's work in "Bearing Witness for the Dead," a piece from the Winter 2001 issue of Medhunters.