20th Anniversary Speaker Series

Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail: Book Lunch with Jason De León

Thursday, November 9, 12:30-1:30 pm

Location: The Seminary Co-op, 5751 S Woodlawn

Jason De León is a 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow and the author of Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. An associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, De León is also the director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States that uses a combination of ethnographic, visual, archaeological, and forensic approaches. De León will be in discussion with Susan Gzesh, executive director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Lunch will be provided.

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The Human Right to Dominate: A Conversation with Neve Gordon

Thursday, November 9, 4:30-6pm

Location: Regenstein Library, Room 122B, 1100 E 57th Street

At the turn of the new millennium, a new phenomenon has emerged: conservatives who just decades before had rejected the expanding human rights culture began to embrace human rights in order to advance their own political goals. Neve Gordon (Ben-Gurion University) will speak on how human rights—generally conceived as a counterhegemonic instrument for righting historical injustices—are being deployed to subjugate the weak and legitimize domination.

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Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom: A Talk by Samuel Moyn

Wednesday, May 23, 5-7pm

Location: Harper Memorial Library, Room 140

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. In his provocative new book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, Samuel Moyn analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice. The talk will be followed by a reception. More info on Sam here


Annual Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture featuring Carol Anderson

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice, and equality in the United States. Anderson is the author of the 2016 New York Times bestselling White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide, which won the National Book Critics Award for criticism.

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