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.
Mixed Enrollment Info Session
Come learn about the unique opportunity to take "Narrating Social Change," a mixed enrollment course offered in Spring Quarter that will be held at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.
Mass Incarceration Working Group Reception
Connect with students, community members, faculty, and staff involved in the Mass Incarceration Working Group.
Mississippi Freedom Letters Campaign
Join the Human Rights Lab and UChicago Amnesty International as we participate in the Mississippi Freedom Letters Campaign, a project to write letters to every person incarcerated in Mississippi.
Book Drive for Students at Stateville Prison
Support incarcerated students by donating books for individual students and the Prison+Neighborhood Arts Project and the University Without Walls Resource Room at Stateville Prison.
2020 Human Rights in Practice Internship Symposium
Join the Pozen Center for our annual Human Rights in Practice Internship Symposium featuring presentations by 2019 Human Rights Interns and program alumni.
Katherine Franke's Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition
Join the Mass Incarceration Working Group and Katherine Franke for a roundtable discussion with local activists including Lab Director Alice Kim regarding topics surrounding Franke's most recent book, "Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Slavery's Abolition."
Emergent Global Fascisms: A Teach-In
Learn about the recent protests in India. Ather Zia, Krithika Ashok, Jenisha Borah, and Isabela Fraga will be speaking, followed by a Q&A session.
Building Community-Based Power: "Nothing About Us Without Us"
Come hear from some of Chicago’s most creative community activists.
So You Want to Be an Immigrants' Rights Lawyer?
Come meet outstanding lawyers who are at the forefront of deportation defense, community education, and federal litigation.
What Justice Looks Like: Art as Activism
Join Human Rights Lab Artist-in-Residence Dorothy Burge, a self-taught fabric and multimedia artist, as she demonstrates how artistic practice can be a tool to teach history, raise cultural awareness, and inspire action.
Elissa Washuta & Theresa Warburton: Shapes of Native Nonfiction
Authors and editors Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton discuss their new edited anthology, "Shapes of Native Nonfiction."
Local Chicago Trek: Mass Incarceration
Join the Human Rights Lab and its partners for an exploration of mass incarceration through the lens of state government, advocacy organizations, and nonprofits. Open to UChicago students only. Registration required.
Symposium: Thinking Race in the Russian and Soviet Empires
Join us for a three-day conference exploring the shifting conceptions of race and ethnicity through the transition from the Russian to the Soviet empires.
Smart Talk: What About Human Rights? - "Borders and Human Rights: Can They Be Reconciled?"
In our second Smart Talk of the academic year, join University of Chicago Law Professors Tom Ginsburg and Claudia Flores alongside activist Oscar Chacón for a discussion of refugee and migrant rights in the current political landscape.
Artists Live: Staceyann Chin in conversation with Danielle Roper
Join us for a poetry reading and Artists Live conversation featuring acclaimed poet and performing artist Staceyann Chin and professor Danielle Roper.
Niizh Manidoowag (Two-Spirit) Resistance: Ryan Young
Join us for a workshop and discussion with Ryan Young, Two Spirit Ojibwe multidisciplinary artist from the Lac du Flambeau reservation.
Conference - "Making Gender Equality a Reality: Women’s Rights and Constitutional Change in the Americas" [Postponed]
Join us as this day-long conference brings together government officials, academics, and women’s rights advocates from the region to share and reflect on the challenges, opportunities, and impact of constitutional language and reform on women’s rights.
Panel Discussion: The Crisis of Incarceration [Postponed]
Join us for a panel conversation on the crisis of incarceration.
International Law and Pandemics: An Overview in Light of the COVID-19 Crisis
Join UChicago Law's International Human Rights Clinic for this important discussion with Pedro A. Villarreal of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
Human Rights BA Fellowship Info Session
Join Faculty Director Mark Bradley and Lab Director Alice Kim for more information about this exciting opportunity for rising fourth-years.
Human Rights Doctoral Fellows Program Info Session
Join Faculty Director Mark Bradley and Fellowship Coordinator Nory Peters to learn more about the application, the Fellowship year, and more.
Historicizing COVID-19: A Roundtable
Join us for this roundtable featuring Pozen Center Faculty Board Co-Chair Tara Zahra
The "Great Equalizer"? Interrogating COVID-19's Racial Filter
Join the Human Rights Lab and its partners for a panel exploring racial disparities and their roots in entrenched structural racism.
The Long Term: Decarceration and Freedom in the COVID-19 Moment and Beyond
Join the Human Rights Lab and its partners as panelists reflect on the impact of COVID-19 behind bars and contemporary struggles to end death by incarceration.
Remembering Mine: A Roundtable on Liberatory Memory Work
Join the Human Rights Lab for a virtual roundtable discussion as we explore the power of liberatory memory work and truth-telling platforms on the five year anniversary of Chicago's reparations ordinance for survivors of Jon Burge police torture.
Attending to the Here and Now: A Vigil Against Anti-Black Violence
A space for current students to process, grieve, and to the extent possible, find healing in the context of so much loss.
Carceral Realities at Home and Abroad: A Human Rights Lab Fellows Roundtable
Join us to celebrate the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab Fellows as they participate in a lightning round of presentations about their BA theses.
Philosophy in the Streets: Police Repression, Racism, and Urban Uprisings
The Department of Philosophy invites you to join Professors Anton Ford, Tyler Zimmer, and Ben Laurence for a conversation about the urban uprisings against racism and police repression.
How to File a Clemency Petition: Teach-In for Loved Ones
Join us for a virtual teach-in designed to help families and incarcerated people file emergency commutation petitions without the help of an attorney, in light of the threat posed by COVID-19.
A Reading and Conversation with Tara Betts
Join the Human Rights Lab for the first event in our two-part series, “Prison, Poetry, and the Pandemic: Speculating Joy and Futures,” with poet and editor Tara Betts.
Speculating Futures Writing Workshop with Tara Betts
Join the Human Rights Lab for the second event in our two-part series, “Prison, Poetry, and the Pandemic: Speculating Joy and Futures,” with poet and editor Tara Betts.
Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom MattersLearn 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 AgendaLearn 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 SymposiumLearn 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 FieldLearn 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 PandemicsLearn 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 FairLearn More and Register
Students, stop by our booth at the academic opportunities fair!
Pozen Center Virtual Open HouseEventbrite 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 SessionEventbrite 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 ThinkersRegister
Join the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies for their annual lecture, given this year by Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini.
Science, Technology & Human Rights ConferenceLearn 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.
A Conversation with Susan Burton
Join the Human Rights Lab for a conversation with Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL) and author (with journalist, Cari Lynn) of the award-winning memoir “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.”
Election 2020 Teach-in: Electoral Politics and Representative GovernanceLearn 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.
The University and the Prison
Join the Human Rights Lab for a conversation grappling with the question of what universities can do to end mass incarceration.
2020 Kirschner Lecture - From D.C. to Damascus: The Architecture of Modern-Day Authoritarianism
This deeply relevant conversation will center on the work of scholars whose writings and research seek to understand the challenges posed by authoritarian regimes around the world.
Human Rights in Practice Internship Symposium
Join us for our annual Human Rights in Practice Internship Symposium featuring presentations by 2020 Human Rights Interns and program alumni.
Deglobalization and Anti-Globalism in Central Europe (Session 1): Interwar Deglobalization and International MobilityZoom 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 PolicyLearn 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.
Alec Karakatsanis in conversation on “Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System”
Join the Human Rights Lab for a conversation with civil rights lawyer Alec Karakatsanis on his book, “Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System.”
Human Rights Book Salon: Jill Richards - “The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes”
Join us for our inaugural Human Rights Book Salon, as Jill Richards discusses her new book, “The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes,” with UChicago respondents Sonali Thakkar, Anna Elena Torres, and Brandon Truett.