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 Practice Symposium
The symposium features the 2017 human rights interns reflecting on their experiences. Keynote speaker and program alumnus Zoe VanGelder will offer the keynote address, reflecting on her experience as a Human Rights intern and how that experience has shaped her career.
Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom: A Talk by Samuel MoynMore 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.
Annual Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture with Carol Anderson
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, a lecture by Carol Anderson, a 2018-19 Guggenheim Fellow. This annual lecture series honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, MD, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the Human Rights Program.
Activism on Campus Panel Discussion
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
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?
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
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!
Human Rights Lab Open House
Introducing the Human Rights Lab and Alice Kim, Director of Human Rights Practice. The Lab is a new initiative engaging students, scholars and community in human rights work addressing mass incarceration and racialized policing. Drop by for drinks and bites with the Pozen Center team and learn more about our plans for the human rights lab.
Careers in Human Rights: Student Lunch with Luis Mancheno
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.
The Next Wave of Immigration Activists
Join us for a panel on the future of immigration law in the United States, featuring special guest Luis Mancheno and Chicago-based leaders. Luis 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 has worked for hundreds of new Americans, from defending jailed transgender women in Arizona to preventing the deportation of detained men and children in New York.
Reimagining Justice: "The Long Term" Book Launch
Book release and panel conversation with co-editors and contributors of The Long Term anthology, including Pozen Center's Director of Human Rights Practice, Alice Kim.
Human Rights: Contemporary Issues – Guest speaker: Oscar Chacon on “Understanding the Migrant Caravan: Causes and Consequences.”
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.
Building a Human Rights Community: #NoCopAcademy Student Lunch
Join the Human Rights Lab for lunch with #NoCopAcademy organizers Monica Trinidad, Debbie Southern, and Page May. The #NoCopAcademy campaign is an effort supported by community organizations across Chicago that want to see $95 million invested in communities rather than police training grounds.
Putting Human Rights to Work for Global Health: Innovations in Human Rights Metrics and Practices
This half-day workshop reviews human rights-based interventions in a variety of settings and with a variety of vulnerable populations. Speaker will provide an overview of their experience with human rights-based approaches, with special attention to major programmatic successes or failures, and to innovations in program implementation and/or outcomes measures. Light breakfast will be served.
Resisting Anti-Immigrant Politics, Anti-Blackness, and the Threat to Citizenship: Lessons from the Dominican Republic and the US
Join us for a discussion with Dominican lawyer and activist Rosa Iris Diendomi Álvarez, Chicago activists and students Trina Reynolods-Tyler and Mateo Uribe Rios, and SSA Professor Angela García about the growth of anti-immigrant and anti-black rhetoric and policies in the US and the Dominican Republic and the social movements led by affected communities in defense of their rights.
Charlene A. Carruthers on “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements”
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 ScreeningMore 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 BehaviorMore 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
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.
Human Rights in Practice: Lunch with Chicago Community Bond Fund
Join the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab for lunch with The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF), a revolving fund that pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, engages in education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system, and advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF supports individuals whose communities who have been impacted by structural violence and whose bonds are completely out of proportion with their ability to pay. The group is committed to building long-term relationships and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing: people of color, especially Black people, and the poor. More about the campaign. For UChicago students. Cosponsored by The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA).
Inheritance: Quilting Across Prison Walls
Join the Human Rights Lab and artist Rachel Wallis for a community quilting circle for Wallis's new work Inheritance: Quilting Across Prison Walls. Inheritance Quilt is a collaboration with a group of women in Cook County Jail. In class, they have been writing, drawing and telling stories about the idea of inheritance - what was passed down to them in their families and what they want to pass down to their children and grandchildren. During this three hour quilting circle, we will gather together to sew and embroider their designs and writing, while discussing the impact of incarceration on millions of families across the country. No prior sewing experience necessary!