Past events are organized by academic year. If an event was organized as part of a faculty project, you can find a more complete description on our Projects page.
MLK Week Program: Letter Writing to Incarcerated Individuals
The Human Rights Lab and IOP’s Bridge Writing Workshop are collaborating to host a virtual letter writing program for folks currently incarcerated in Illinois.
What Just Happened in Nagorno-Karabakh: Déjà Vu or Geopolitical Trend?
Does the fighting that broke out on September 27 between Azerbaijan and Armenia represent the most recent violent episode in this disputed territory? Or is something different happening this time? Panelists will reflect on this most recent period of conflict, the status of the ceasefire established on November 10, and what a lasting resolution might look like.
Human Rights Book Salon: Jane Dailey - “White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History”
Pozen Center Faculty Board member Jane Dailey will discuss her new book, “White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History,” in conversation with Faculty Director Mark Bradley.
UNESCO “Human Rights Go Local” Academy & ConferenceLearn More
At the virtual “Human Rights Go Local: What Works” Academy and Conference, human rights experts and practitioners, academia, policy makers, public administrators, civil society, as well as international and regional organizations will gather in order to exchange knowledge and establish co-operations in a global network of stakeholders. The aim of the Academy is to collect proven methods for research on human rights at local and regional levels and to formulate guidance for local governments on how their policies can be supported by evidence based on human rights research. This will facilitate the implementation of human rights by directly providing local level politicians and authorities with the findings and proposals elaborated by the participants.
Human Rights Book Salon: Lydia Z. Dixon - “Delivering Health: Midwifery and Development in Mexico”
Join UChicago alumna and former Human Rights Intern Dr. Lydia Z. Dixon as she discusses her new book, “Delivering Health: Midwifery and Development in Mexico,” with Pozen Center Postdoctoral Instructor Amy Krauss.
Reading and Discussion: Reuben Jonathan Miller’s “Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration”
Assistant Professor Reuben Jonathan Miller reads and discusses ideas from his new book, “Halfway Home,” in conversation with Matthew Desmond.
Chicago Police Torture Archive Launch Event
Join the Lab and its partners as we honor the history and struggle of survivors and their families, and commemorate the launch of the Chicago Police Torture Archive.
Nations Untied or Nations United? After 75 Years of UN Multilateralism for Human Rights -- Former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore in Conversation with Professor Claudia Flores
Join the UChicago Law School for “Nations Untied or Nations United? After 75 Years of UN Multilateralism for Human Rights,” a conversation between former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore and Pozen Faculty Board member Claudia Flores.
Rising Up for Their Lives: Prison Organizing from Attica to Closing Rikers
This first event in a series hosted by the Mass Incarceration Working Group will feature a conversation with Brittany Friedman and Heather Ann Thompson, as they discuss what history can teach us about contemporary struggles for human rights within prisons and efforts to decarcerate.
TAP: Bodies, Sexualities, and the LawLearn More and Register
The third session in the Theory and Practice: Transnational Conversations on Gender and Sexuality series will feature Autumn 2019 Pozen Visiting Professor Dean Spade alongside Flavia Agnes and Rahul Rao, discussing how law polices the boundaries of desires and bodies.
Pozen Center Virtual Open HouseRegister via the College
Explore the breakout rooms at our Winter Open House to learn more about the Human Rights Minor and courses, the work of the Human Rights Lab, our Internship Program, and more!
“Carving Out Rights” Book Launch
Join editors and contributors for the launch of “Carving Out Rights from Inside the Prison Industrial Complex,” which features 30 brilliantly crafted prints made by artists at Stateville Prison.
Torture: The Marks of CivilisationLearn More and Register
The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) is delighted to welcome Dr. Michelle Farrell (University of Liverpool) for the talk “Torture: The Marks of Civilisation.” The online event will be chaired by Dr. Tanzil Chowdhury (Queen Mary School of Law). In this virtual talk, Dr. Farrell considers what are seemingly irreconcilable phenomena: that civilised states abhor torture, but use torture as an instrument of the civilising mission.
“Building Together”: Prison Organizing in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond
This second event in a series hosted by the Mass Incarceration Working Group will feature a conversation with historian Dan Berger and activist Clifton “Skye” Williamson.
Mariame Kaba: Chicago Reparations and the Fight for an Abolitionist Future
Join the Lab as organizer and educator Mariame Kaba discusses reparations for Jon Burge torture survivors, the question of what transformative justice looks like, and her latest book, “We Do This ’Til We Free Us.”
Banned by the Court: ‘Jenin, Jenin’ Screening and DiscussionLearn More and Register
Join filmmaker Mohammad Bakri and human rights attorney Michael Sfard for a screening of the documentary ‘Jenin, Jenin,’ and a discussion of Israeli Court’s recent ruling to ban the film. ‘Jenin, Jenin’ tells the story of Israel’s military operation in the Jenin refugee camp during the Second Intifada from the Palestinian residents’ point of view.
Combating Anti-Asian Violence
A conversation among community organizers and academics around misogyny, racism, and anti-sex work stigma.
Art as Transformation: Music and Drama for Incarcerated Youth
Join us for an exploration of art as a means of transformation for persons who have experienced or are experiencing incarceration.
2021 Inaugural Practitioner Fellows Virtual Welcome Event + Talk
Join us as we formally welcome the inaugural Human Rights Lab/CSRPC Practitioner Fellows cohort!
Art and Imagination Inside Prisons
A virtual roundtable exploring art-making inside the prison industrial complex.
Freedom-Making in an Age of Mass Incarceration
A panel discussion about what freedom-making means within the carceral context of contemporary America.
What is Happening to Uyghurs/Muslims in Western China?
Join us for a panel discussion on the ongoing Uyghur genocide in Xinjiang.
Symposium - Visions for Liberation: Third Cinema RevisitedLearn More and Register
This Haverford College symposium explores the global resonances of the Third Cinema movement in the ‘here and now’ and asks how it renders for us a ‘there and then’ across its expansive contexts. Each panel of the symposium articulates how cinema is responding to the global and local sociopolitical concerns from which it emerges, and what kinds of calls to action are being made and to whom.
Justice for Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright: Combating Police Violence & Building Youth Power
Panelists from the University of Chicago, the Chicago Freedom School, and other activist groups will speak about police violence in Chicago and throughout America, and will provide tangible ways that youth can use their collective power to enact change.
Khiara M. Bridges - Imagining an Ethnography of Pregnant Class-Privileged People of Color: Race, Class, Gender, and Prenatal Care
Berkeley Law Professor Khiara M. Bridges will deliver a talk titled “Imagining an Ethnography of Pregnant Class-Privileged People of Color: Race, Class, Gender, and Prenatal Care.”
We Who Believe in Freedom: The Long History of Struggle in Illinois Prisons & Beyond
Activist Nancy Kurshan and historian Toussaint Losier will discuss the enduring histories of struggle and coalition-building by those inside and outside Illinois prisons.
Reginald Dwayne Betts - Felon: A Play, A Discourse
Join the Lab and its partners for a performance by poet and legal scholar Reginald Dwayne Betts, followed by a conversation with Eve L. Ewing.
COVID-19: Human Rights and International CooperationLearn More and Register
This symposium will explore the contradictions and complexities in how various countries have responded to the pandemic. It will also discuss the decline in positive international cooperation and will expose ways states are cooperating to exploit the pandemic to do harm.
Juxtaposing the Public and Private: A Poetry Workshop with Reginald Dwayne Betts
Join us for a poetry workshop led by poet and legal scholar Reginald Dwayne Betts.
What is the Future for Hong Kong’s Rule of Law and Democracy?
Join us for this discussion on what the future holds for Hong Kong’s rule of law and democracy.
Amy Krauss: “Borders, time and the jurisdictional body: towards a decolonial feminist ethics of pharmaceutical abortion practice in Mexico”Zoom Registration
Pozen Center Postdoctoral Instructor Amy Krauss will join the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop to discuss her paper, “Borders, time and the jurisdictional body: towards a decolonial feminist ethics of pharmaceutical abortion practice in Mexico,” in conversation with Miriam Ticktin (Associate Professor of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research).