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. 



Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom: A Talk by Samuel Moyn

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12 – 2 pm More info here.

The age of human rights has been kindest to the rich. Even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, a commitment to material equality disappeared. In its place, market fundamentalism has emerged as the dominant force in national and global economies. Based on his provocative new book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, Samuel Moyn analyzed how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice. A reception followed the talk.

Activism on Campus Panel Discussion

Friday, Jun 1, 2018 12 – 1:30 pm

A panel of current Human Rights students and recent alumni discussed the serious—and seriously creative—ways students are agitating for change on campus and in their communities. Participants: Alex Y. Ding (UChicago United), Alex Goldenberg (STOP Chicago), Cosette Hampton (Black Youth Project - 100), and Katie Bellamy Mitchell (UChicago Graduate Student United).

Learn to Evaluate Human Rights Internship Applications

Friday, Jun 1, 2018 6 – 7 pm

In Fall 2018, Human Rights alumni will evaluate applications and interview students for the 2019 Pozen Intern cohort. In this short seminar, alumni learned about the new process. Interested in participating in the new process? Get in touch and we'll happily send you more information!

What's Next in Human Rights?

Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 12 – 2 pm

Human Rights alumni Julia Coburn, Neil Kaplan-Kelly, and Zoe Van Gelder in conversation with Faculty Board member and Human Rights alum Andrew Hammond.

Human Rights Minor Pizza Party

Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 4 – 6 pm Pozen Center Conference Room, 5720 S Woodlawn Ave

Calling all current and prospective Human Rights minors! Get to know each other, ask questions, and learn more about the minor. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Stop by for some food and a chance to meet your peers!

Careers in Human Rights: Student Lunch with Luis Mancheno

Monday, Oct 22, 2018 12 – 1:30 pm Pozen Center, 5720 S Woodlawn Ave

Luis Mancheno is an award winning immigration attorney based in New York. For more than half a decade, he has served representing people detained and facing immigration proceedings in the United States. Luis was granted asylum in the United States in 2009 after fleeing from his native Ecuador due to his sexual orientation. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Public Radio International, and Vox.

Human Rights: Contemporary Issues – Guest speaker: Oscar Chacon on “Understanding the Migrant Caravan: Causes and Consequences.”

Monday, Oct 29, 2018 12 – 2 pm Social Sciences Research Building, Room 122, 1126 E. 59th St.

Oscar Chacon is a co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas (formerly known as ­NALACC), an umbrella of immigrant‐led and immigrant serving organizations based in the United States of America, dedicated to improving the quality of life of Latino immigrant communities in the US and working on migrants’ rights across the Americas. Originally a refugee from El Salvador in the 1980s, Oscar has lead projects at Heartland Alliance (Chicago), the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Centro Presente (Boston). Oscar has also served on several international civil society projects - including the Civil Society Consultation of the U.N. Global Forum on Migration and Development and the World Social Forum on Migration.

Charlene A. Carruthers on “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements”

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 6 – 8 pm Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave

Join us at the Seminary Co-op to hear Charlene Carruthers read from her new book Unapologetic. Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist.

“The Area” Film Screening

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 6 – 8 pm Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St More info here.

Join the Pozen Center and the Film Studies Center at a screening of The Area—a five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where more than 400 African-American families are being displaced by a multi-billion dollar freight company. The documentary film follows homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne, who vows to be “the last house standing,” and the Row Row Boys, teen friends who must start a new life across gang lines.

Masterclass with Rebecca Littman on Violence and Group Behavior

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 12 – 3 pm Pozen Center, 5720 S Woodlawn Ave More info here.

As part of the Pozen Center's Masterclass initiative, we are happy to invite you to come hear Rebecca Littman give a talk about her work on the consequences of violence for group identification and prosocial behavior. Her research focuses on former combatants from Liberia and Uganda to explore how and why perpetrating violence increases identification with violent groups. Refreshments will be served.

Welcoming the Refugees: Lessons of the European Crisis from a French Perspective

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 7 – 9 pm Harris School, Lecture Hall 142, 1155 E 60th

Pascal Brice, Director-General of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) will speak on welcoming refugees, followed by Q&A and a reception.