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. 



Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters

Monday, Aug 24 – Nov 15, 2020 12 am – 11:59 pm Virtual Learn More and Register

Scholars at Risk, together with its Academic Refuge project partners, has created a free asynchronous online course on why academic freedom matters. The self-paced course is divided into three one-week modules. Registration is open now through November 15. Once registered, participants can access course materials for five weeks.

Politicization of the International Human Rights Agenda

Thursday, Sep 3, 2020 12 – 1:30 pm Virtual Learn More and Register

In her book “In Defense of Politicization of Human Rights: The UN Special Procedures,” Dr. Dominguez-Redondo argues that the operational flexibility, visibility, status, and methods of work of Special Procedures demonstrates that States’ involvement in the functioning of expert-led human rights mechanisms may be more beneficial than detrimental to the advancement of the international human rights agenda. Mandate-holders of expert mechanisms from the United Nations, the Organization of American State, and the African Union will present their vision and experience of how mandate-holders have negotiated the political space available to positive effect.

No Transition, No Justice Symposium

Friday, Sep 18, 2020 9 am – 5 pm Virtual Learn More and Register

Part one of William & Mary Law School’s two-part symposium addressing the lasting impact the absence of transitional justice in the United States is having on our justice system and institutions. Part one will focus on the the African American experience; part two, which will be scheduled for 2021, will focus on the Native American experience.

Advocating While Black: Navigating Black Identity in the Human Rights Field

Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 11 am – 12 pm Virtual Learn More and Register

Panelists will interrogate the status quo at a time when practitioners are questioning whether structures designed to promote justice could themselves contribute to systemic racism and inequality in society.

Racism and Structural Violence: Lessons from the HIV and COVID Pandemics

Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 6 – 8 pm Learn More and Register

At this event co-sponsored by the Pozen Center, Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, FACD will discuss how the idea of race and racial hierarchy was developed as a product of social construction, describe the effects of pandemics on the African American and other marginalized communities, and compare the impact of and response to the COVID-19 and AIDS pandemics by the Black community.

Academic Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020 3 – 6 pm Virtual Learn More and Register

Students, stop by our booth at the academic opportunities fair!

Pozen Center Virtual Open House

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 4:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Eventbrite Registration

Virtually stroll through the Pozen Center breakout rooms at this year’s Open House to explore our Human Rights Minor, the work of the Human Rights Lab, our Internship Program, and more!

Human Rights Internship Program Info Session

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020 4:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Eventbrite Registration

Come learn about the Human Rights Internship Program! Staff members and student Human Rights Leaders will be available to answer your questions about the application, internship search, program timeline, and more.

Recovering Gender Equality in Islam: Conversations with Reformist Thinkers

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Zoom Event Register

Join the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies for their annual lecture, given this year by Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini.

Science, Technology & Human Rights Conference

Thursday, Oct 22 – 23, 2020 8 am – 5 pm Virtual Learn More and Register

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition is hosting its first-ever virtual conference, open to all who are interested in building connections across science, technology, and human rights. Early registration available through September 1.

Election 2020 Teach-in: Electoral Politics and Representative Governance

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 12 – 1:30 pm Zoom Event Learn More and Register

This second teach-in of the series will consider the stakes of the elections for institutions of democratic governance. Through consideration of a range of institutional sites—political parties, the judiciary, corporations, and unions—panelists will consider the ways in which these elections might open up or constrain representative possibilities.

Deglobalization and Anti-Globalism in Central Europe (Session 1): Interwar Deglobalization and International Mobility

Friday, Nov 13, 2020 12:30 – 1:30 pm Zoom Event Zoom Registration

Join us for the first session of a virtual conference exploring issues of globalization and its opponents from various disciplinary perspectives. The conference will take place online on the second Friday of the month, from November 2020 to February 2021.

Robert Vitalis - Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security That Haunt U.S. Energy Policy

Monday, Nov 16, 2020 2 – 3 pm Zoom Event Learn More and Register

Professor Robert Vitalis has taught political science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999. He’ll be speaking about his newest book, Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security That Haunt U.S. Energy Policy, which was published in July.