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. 



Voices of Mexico Series

Tuesday, Jan 12 – Feb 22, 2016 6 – 8 pm

January 12, January 27, February 3, February 15, February 22: How did Mexico, the new showcase of democracy at the beginning of the millennium, arrive at such a situation? What is the way out? What can the people and the government do? The University of Chicago hosted a series of speakers and events in Winter Quarter 2016 to bring the discussion of these questions to Chicago.

BOOK LAUNCH: ”Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy”- with Charlotte Walker-Said, John D. Kelly and David Scheffer

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 5 – 7 pm

The book examines the diverse approaches to CSR, with a particular focus on how those approaches are siloed within discrete disciplines such as business, law, the social sciences, and human rights. Bridging these disciplines and addressing and critiquing all the conceptual domains of CSR, the book also explores how CSR silos develop as a function of the competition between different interests.

México: democracia y libertades

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 12 – 2 pm

Carmen Aristegui is a Mexican journalist with more than twenty-five years of experience. Aristegui is well known for her journalistic investigations into cases of civil abuse and injustice, corruption and impunity of the government, including the allegations regarding "white house" purchase by Enrique Peña Nieto.

Public Session of Human Rights in World Civilizations with Mathias Risse, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 6 – 8 pm

Mathias Risse is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy working in social philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics.

Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign: Discussion and Film Screening with Ashraf Cassiem

Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 6 – 8 pm

In conversation with Ashraf Cassiem, Chairperson of the WCAEC, we screen selections from Where the Mountain meets its Shadow, a 2010 documentary sets the activism of the WCAEC against the backdrop of Cape Town's stark wealth inequality.

Human Rights and Climate Change with UChicago Amnesty

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 5 – 7 pm

University of Chicago Amnesty Insternational and Climate Action Network hosted an evening lecture with Osprey Orielle Lake, the executive director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, looking at how women are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change

The Bridge: A Visual Arts Exhibition

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 6 – 8 pm

The Bridge is a traveling exhibition showcasing the work of forty-seven premier Arab, Persian, and Jewish contemporary visual artists from fifteen countries, of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish backgrounds.

On Liberation and Intersectionality: A Conversation with Jennicet Gutiérrez

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 12 – 2 pm

The Latinx Student Association at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration featured Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender Latina activist and organizer from Mexico who burst onto the national scene when she interrupted President Obama during his White House speech in honor of Pride month.

The Armenian Genocide according To Court Chroniclers, Scholars, And Politicians

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 5 – 7 pm

The lecture will begin with an analysis of the political nature and faulty framework of the work of those who deny the Armenian Genocide; it will continue with the gaps in the study of that genocide; and end with a perspective on the use and abuse of the Genocide by politicians in Turkey, Armenia, and the diasporas of both nations.

Constructing Peace Amid Trauma and Human Rights Violations: from Academia to Practice

Thursday, Apr 28 – 27, 2016 6 – 8 pm

While peace and trauma can be discussed in academic settings and as a policy issue, this conference hosted a conversation from both sides to spark interdisciplinary discussion.

Raimond Gaita: The Frail Idea of a Common Humanity

Monday, May 9, 2016 6 – 8 pm

Ethically inflected ways of speaking of humanity – as when for example we speak of seeing or failing to see the full humanity of others, of dehumanisation and of the common humanity of all the peoples of the earth – often go together with talk of universal human rights and sometimes with talk of the Dignity (capital intended) of persons or humanity.

Larissa MacFarquhar - "Strangers Drowning"

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12 – 2 pm

In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas.

Marching on the City of Big Shoulders: Stories from the Chicago Freedom Movement

Thursday, May 19, 2016 6 – 8 pm

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement, the IOP, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, convened a panel of activists from the 60s, and mounting a photo exhibit of rare color photographs of Martin Luther King Jr.’s time on the South and West Sides of Chicago.

Colonialism and the Future of Human Rights by Antony Anghie

Thursday, May 19, 2016 6 – 8 pm

This lecture was the keynote address for the Human Rights and Empire Conference. Antony Anghie is Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, College Of Law and Professor, College Of Law, University of Utah.

Alicia Garza: Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 6 – 8 pm See event video.

Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, discussed the national movement’s past, present, and future in a wide-ranging discussion about activism and organizing, supporting the voices of black cisgender, transgender, and immigrant women, and the totality of black lives. Presented by the Institute of Politics, cosponsored by the Pozen Center.

Justice at Work Conference

Friday, Oct 14 – 15, 2016 9 am – 3 pm See conference webpage.

The conference was organized by Faculty Board members Daniel Brudney and Ben Laurence as part of a faculty project to bring together scholars from peer institutions to discuss the history and philosophy and workers’ rights in the context of the contemporary practice of human rights.

Chicago Torture Archive Event

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 6 – 8 pm

The Pozen Center announced a new project, aggregating and making available to the public an online archive of documents related to the interrogations, criminal trials, civil rights litigation, journalism, and activism stemming from the so-called Chicago Police torture cases.

HIV and Human Rights: The New Metrics of Human Rights intervention and Outcome Research

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 3 – 5 pm More info here.

The Pozen Center hosted Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. As a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS, her three decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health.

Public Session with Sam Gregory, Program Director of WITNESS

Friday, Nov 11, 2016 12 – 2 pm

Sam Gregory is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Program Director at WITNESS, the leading global organization training and supporting people to use video and participatory technologies in human rights advocacy.