Women’s Rights are Human Rights Poster Exhibition

Presented by the National Public Housing Museum and Art Works Projects, and cosponsored by the Pozen Center, the exhibition features posters that celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, protecting women and girls against brutality, and promoting women's empowerment and participation in society. 

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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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Seven international artists explore intersection of creative practice and human rights

What is an artistic practice of human rights? That is the driving question of an upcoming UChicago summit, in which distinguished international artists will explore how the arts can address some of the world's most important human rights problems—from criminal justice to refugee crises.

The summit, to be held on April 29 and May 1, will be a chance for a diverse group of artists to share their practices and frame new conversations around myriad human rights issues. It is co-presented by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Logan Center for the Arts and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

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Announcements and Events

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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Research and Students

Graduate Student Research Reflection: Emma Mackinnon

Emma Stone Mackinnon is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, “Imperial Promises: The Contested Politics of Human Rights in the Midcentury,” is supervised by Jennifer Pitts, Mark Bradley, Robert Gooding-Williams, Patchen Markell, and Lisa Wedeen. Her work is forthcoming in "Humanity" and the "Blackwell Companion to Arthur Danto." She is also co-coordinator of the Human Rights Workshop.

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