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Pozen Center to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the landmark document that for the first time enumerated the fundamental human rights to be universally honored and protected. On January 17, 2019, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights will honor and commemorate this milestone anniversary with a Festival of Human Rights. Students, faculty, and community members will select one of the UDHR’s thirty articles and interpret it through a contemporary lens. Over an eight-hour period, attendees will be invited to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of human rights through art making, literature, historical reflection, and more.

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Announcements, Faculty, and Publications

The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom, a new anthology coedited by Alice Kim

Director of Human Rights Practice Alice Kim is coeditor of and contributor to a new book illustrating the devastation caused by an unjust prison system. Kim is the inaugural director of the new Human Rights Lab, a project of the Pozen Center, that is engaging students and community in human rights work addressing mass incarceration and racialized policing.

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Alumni and Announcements

Pozen Center Celebrating Twentieth Anniversary

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights is pleased to announce the commencement of our 20th Anniversary Year.

In 1997 a group of faculty from across the University of Chicago believed that: the theory and practice of human rights would benefit from engagement across disciplines and professional schools; and the study of human rights should be part of a robust liberal arts education. With their shared enthusiasm for the project. the support of the Provost, and a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the University of Chicago Human Rights Program began. In 2014 the Human Rights Program was renamed the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights to honor the generous gift from Ann and Richard Pozen, AB’69.     

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Announcements and Students

Truman scholar (and Pozen Center Intern) seeks career advocating for criminal justice reform

Third-year Soreti Teshome has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a nationally competitive award that supports exceptional students pursuing careers in public service.

Teshome was one of 62 students selected from a pool of 768 undergraduate candidates nationwide to win the prestigious award, which provides up to $30,000 toward graduate education. The news was announced April 12.

A double major in public policy and comparative race and ethnic studies, Teshome plans to pursue a law degree with a focus on public policy that will enable her to provide legal representation to those from marginalized communities.

Teshome is part of the 2017 Pozen Center Internship Cohort.

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Announcements, Events, and Press Releases

David Cole, National Legal Director of the ACLU will deliver the 2017 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

David Cole, National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will give the 2017 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture at 6:00pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Cole will join a distinguished list of past Kirschner Lecturers, including Human Rights advocates such as Dr. Paul Farmer (Partners in Health), Aryeh Neier, (founder of Human Rights Watch), Juan Mendez (former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture) and writers such as Aleksandar Hemon, Alex Kotlowitz, and Sara Paretsky.

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Announcements and Publications

Trump’s executive order builds on history of racist immigration policies - Editorial by Executive Director Susan Gzesh

This administration launched its anti-Muslim executive order and other policy initiatives against immigrants based on racism, arrogance, over-reaching and scare tactics. The public outcry and preliminary legal success were not what the White House anticipated. Some executive orders or new laws may succeed in reinstating racialized unfair immigration policies, but the opposition will defeat others. The immigrants, asylum seekers, their allies and lawyers are acting with a deep understanding of the struggle for civil rights and human rights that precedes this latest offense to morality, justice and common decency. They have only just begun to fight.

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