Symposium 2016

Human Rights Internship Symposium

Friday, January 22, 2016
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Regenstein Library, Room 122
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago

Join the Pozen Center 2015 Human Rights Interns as they reflect on their summer experiences working in organizations around the world! Each presenter will give an overview of their internship and discuss their experience in human rights practice.

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to join for part or all of the day.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rohini Haar

Rohini J. Haar AB’01, MD’05 is an emergency medicine physician with expertise in health and human rights. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. While at UChicago, she was a Human Rights Intern in 2000 with the International Rescue Committee in Ethiopia and again in 2002 with Amnesty International and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Morocco. Read our Alumni Spotlight interview here (January 2014). 

Dr. Haar’s work focuses on the protection of human rights in times of complex humanitarian crisis and conflict. As an emergency medicine physician, she has worked both as academic emergency medicine faculty in New York City and Oakland as well as on numerous international projects including in Haiti, Senegal, Ghana, Morocco, Palestine/Israel, India and the Thai/Burma border.

Dr. Haar has published on issues including health in post-conflict states and the reconstruction of health systems after humanitarian disasters. She is particularly interested in developing strong research methodology in fragile contexts. Dr. Haar serves on the board of the SF Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a consultant for the International Rescue Committee and Physicians for Human Rights.

Symposium Schedule

10–10:15 a.m. // Coffee and Pastries

10:15–11:05 a.m. // Welcome and Keynote 

WELCOME by Susan Gzesh, Executive Director, Pozen Center 

KEYNOTE: “From Chicago to Career: What a Human Rights Internship can mean”

Rohini Haar, AB’01, MD’05 and Human Rights Internship Program alumnus
Physician and Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center at University of California Berkeley School of Law

11:05–11:15 a.m. // Break

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. // Concurrent Panels 1 and 2

PANEL 1: Health and Human Rights / Room A

Moderator: Dr. Rohini Haar, Keynote Speaker

Kayli Horne, College 2016: History
National Nurses United (Chicago)

Jennifer Qin, College 2016: Public Policy and Biology
Salud Sin Limites (Lima, Peru)

Rachel Schmidt, School of Social Service Administration 2016
Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention (Seattle)

Gabrielle Wimer, College 2016: History, Philosophy, and Social Study of Science and Medicine
We-ACTX (Kigali, Rwanda)

PANEL 2: Refugees and Immigrants in the US / Room B

Moderator: Angela García, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Emma Almon, College 2016: Public Policy
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (New York City)

Ellen Jacobs, College 2016: International Studies
U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (Washington, DC)

Christina Leon, College 2016: Political Science
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (New York City)

Lissy McConnell, School of Social Service Administration 2016
llinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Chicago)

12:15–1:15 p.m. // Lunch

1:15–2:15 p.m. // Concurrent Panels 3 and 4

PANEL 3: Refugees and the Middle East / Room A

Moderator: Michal Ran-Rubin, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, 2016 Pozen Human Rights Dissertation Completion Fellow

Miriam Hauser, School of Social Service Administration 2016
Collateral Repair Project (Amman, Jordan)

Sevil Kaymakcalan, School of Social Service Administration 2016
UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Caucasus, Central Asia, and Ukraine (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Maia O'Meara, College 2016: Public Policy Studies
Collateral Repair Project (Amman, Jordan)

Ingrid Sydenstricker, College 2016: Political Science
UN World Food Programme (Mafraq, Jordan)

PANEL 4: Race and Gender / Room B

Moderator: Emily Osborn, Associate Professor of African History and the College, Pozen Center Faculty Board member

Jeanne Lieberman, College 2016: Laws, Letters, and Society
LUNDU Centro de Estudios y Promocion Afro-Peruanos (Lima, Peru)

Laura Linner, School of Social Service Administration 2016
Salvation Army STOP-IT (Chicago)

Shiro Wachira, College 2016: Philosophy
Tatua Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)

Theresa Yuan, College 2016: History
Laogai Research Foundation (Washington, DC)

2:15–2:30 p.m. // Break and Refreshments

2:30–3:30 p.m. // Concurrent Panels 5 and 6

PANEL 5: Food, Habitat, and Environment / Room A

Moderator: Justin Richland, Associate Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College, Pozen Center Faculy Board Member

Amelia Clements, College 2016: International Studies
GREEN Foundation (Thalli, India)

Julia Epplin-Zapf, College 2016: International Studies and Political Science
Latin United Community Housing Association (Chicago)

Carly Offidani-Bertrand, PhD Candidate in Comparative Human Development
Growing Power Chicago (Chicago)

Annabelle Rosser, College 2016: International Studies
GRAVIS: Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Jodhpur, India)

PANEL 6: Justice / Room B

Moderator: Claudia Flores, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the UChicago Law School, Pozen Center Faculty Board member 

Jose Espinosa, Harris School of Public Policy 2016
Human Sciences Research Council (Cape Town, South Africa)

Eskira Kahsay, College 2016: Psychology and Comparative Human Development
Committee on the Administration of Justice (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Beth Knopf, College 2016: Anthropology
Chicago Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers (Chicago)

Nina Limbeck, School of Social Service Administration 2016
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc (Mexico City)

3:30 p.m. // Wine and Cheese Reception