2019 Kirschner Lecture: Dean Spade

The annual Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture honors the life and work of Dr. Kirschner, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Read more about Dr. Kirschner and see event details from previous years

Dean Spade to give 2019 Kirschner Lecture 

Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival


Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Program & Lecture 6-7:30pm
International House Assembly Hall | 1414 E 59th Street
Doors open at 5:30pm | Reception to follow

Dean Spade is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Gender and Law, Policing and Imprisonment, and Law and Social Movements. Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, and released a documentary titled Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back! Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Dean was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School.  

About Robert H. Kirschner, MD

Robert H. Kirschner, MD (1940-2002), a clinical associate in the Department of Pathology and Pediatrics and a founding faculty board member of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, died at the University of Chicago Hospitals on September 15, 2002. Read the University news release

Dr. Kirschner was an internationally recognized authority on forensic pathology, human rights violations, police brutality, torture and child abuse and an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. He also supported Asociacion Pro-Busqueda, a past project partner of the Human Rights Program, in their mission to reunite Salvadorean families with the children who disappeared or were adopted by U.S. families during that country's civil war.

Read more about Dr. Kirschner's work in "Bearing Witness for the Dead," a piece from the Winter 2001 issue of Medhunters.