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2017-2018

  • Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture. "Human Rights and Medical Care in Times of Emergency.Sheri Fink, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author, and correspondent at The New York Times. Sponsors: Department of Anthropology, Institute for the Humanities, International Policy Center, Michigan Medicine Department of Epidemiology, Office of Global Public Health, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes." Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Connecticut. VIDEO.
  • Center for Middle East and North African Studies Lecture. "Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS): Saving Syrian Lives at the Frontline." Syrian American Medical Society volunteers: Jihad ShosharaHisham Bismar, and Lara Zakaria. Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, International Institute, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, Department of American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS), University of Michigan, and Middle East and Arab Network.
  • Center for South Asian Studies Conference. "Seeking Social Justice in South Asia." Flavia Agnes, Majlis Legal Centre, Mumbai; Khalid Anis Ansari, Glocal University (UP, India); Sara Hossain, Bangladesh Legal Aid Services and Trust; Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group (London); Zainab Malik, Justice Project Pakistan; P. Sainath, Founder Editor, People’s Archive of Rural India; A.R. Vasavi, National Institute of Advanced Sciences (retired), Bangalore; and Bezwada Wilson, Safai Karmachari Andolan. Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Islamic Studies Program, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Anthropology, and Department of History, University of Michigan.
  • Michigan Law Book Panel. "Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism." Barbara Havelková, Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan Law School, Center for European Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, University of Michigan.

 

2016-2017

  • Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Are Refugees a Security Risk? Using National Security and Human Rights Values to Protect Refugees and the Homeland." Hardy Vieux, Legal Director, Human Rights First and Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, U-M Ford School of Public Policy. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • Donia Human Rights Center Conference. "Changing Models of Minority Integration: Cross-National Comparison of Rights Provisions in National Constitutions.Paulina Alberto, University of Michigan; Zachary Elkins, University of Texas; Matthias Koenig, University of Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Keigo Komamura, Keio University; Mirjam Künkler, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study; Will Kymlicka, Queen's University; Mara Loveman, University of California, Berkeley; Kenneth McElwain, University of Tokyo; John Packer, University of Ottawa; Tianna Paschel, University of California, Berkeley; Steven R. Ratner, University of Michigan; Hwaji Shin, University of San Francisco; John Skrentny, University of California, San Diego; and Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies and Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan, and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
  • Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Human Rights without Human Supremacism." Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. VIDEO.
  • Donia Human Rights Center Panel. "The Island President's Struggle for Democracy and Environmental Justice in the Maldives." President Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives, political prisoner, human rights leader; Jared Genser, managing director, Perseus Strategies and founder, Freedom Now; and Rebecca Hardin, associate professor, School of Natural Resources and Envrionment, University of Michigan. Moderator: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, director, Donia Human Rights Center, director, Center for Japanese Studies, and associate professor, Sociology, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Sociology, Donia Human Rights Center, Graham Sustainability Institute, International Policy Center, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • Film Screening. "The Island President". Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Sociology, Donia Human Rights Center, Graham Sustainability Institute, International Policy Center, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Just Words? Evaluating the Impact of Constitutional Rights." Mila Versteeg, Professor of Law and Director, Human Rights Program, University of Virginia School of Law. VIDEO.
  • Future Leaders in Human Rights Lecture. "Growing Pains: Why and How the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Need to Evolve over the Next Ten Years." Sarah Brooks, programme manager, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and human rights advocate. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Human Rights Program Distinguished Lecture. "Are We Making Progress in Human Rights? Transformations in Knowledge and Activism." Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Sponsors: Department of Political Science, Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • Human Rights Conference. "Comparative Human Rights: From Practice to Theory?Omolade Adunbi, University of Michigan; Philip Alston, New York University; Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan; Charles Beitz, Princeton University; Laura Beny, University of Michigan; Samantha Besson, University of Fribourg; Robert Donia, University of Michigan; Marcus Düwell, Utrecht University; Rainer Forst, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; Mark Goodale, University of Lausanne; Monica Hakimi, University of Michigan; Daniel Halberstam, University of Michigan; Scott Hershovitz, University of Michigan; Don Herzog, University of Michigan; Hans Joas, Humboldt University of Berlin; David Kennedy, Harvard University; Matthias Koenig, University of Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Cristina Lafont, Northwestern University; Patrick Macklem, University of Toronto; Matthias Mahlmann, University of Zürich; Natasa Mavronicola, University of Birmingham; Kathryn McNeilly, Queen’s University Belfast; Ralf Michaels, Duke University; Steven Ratner, University of Michigan; Mathias Reiman, University of Michigan; Christopher Roberts, University of Minnesota; Andrea Sangiovanni, King’s College London; Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan; Kathryn Sikkink; Harvard University; Bruno Simma, University of Michigan; Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan; Jeremy Waldron, New York University; and Sally Wheeler, Queen’s University Belfast. Sponsors: Human Rights Program and Law School, University of Michigan.
  • Film Screening. “When Elephants Fight” Screening with remarks from Dr. Denis Mukwege and director Michael Ramsdell." Dr. Denis Mukwege, renowned human rights advocate for women of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Michael Ramsdell, director of the film “When Elephants Fight.” Sponsors: CSEPH – School of Public Health, Global REACH, Human Rights Program, School of Nursing, Michigan Ross School of Business, Office of Global Public Health, and William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan.
  • Human Rights Program Undergraduate Event. “Conflict Minerals and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege and Michael Ramsdell.” Dr. Denis Mukwege, renowned human rights advocate for women of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Michael Ramsdell, director of the film“When Elephants Fight.”  Sponsors: CSEPH – School of Public Health, Global REACH, Human Rights Program, Michigan Ross School of Business, Office of Global Public Health, Program in International and Comparative Studies, School of Nursing, and William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan. VIDEO.

 

2015-2016

 

2014-2015

2013-2014

  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “The Indigenous Emergency.Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Columbia University. VIDEO.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Socializing States.Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, Professor of Politics and Sociology; Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. New York University School of Law.  VIDEO.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Making Human Rights a Reality.Emilie Hafner-Burton, professor of Global Policy and Strategy; director, School’s Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. University of California, San Diego. VIDEO.

 

2012-2013

2011-2012

  • International Human Rights Conference: “Law and Human Rights in Global History.Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University, Pamela Ballinger, University of Michigan; Elizabeth Borgwardt, Washington University; Robert Donia, University of Michigan; Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh; Ilana Feldman, George Washington University; Gregory Fox, Wayne State University; Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester; Malick Ghachem, University of Maine School of Law; Raymond Grew, University of Michigan; Brian Grodsky, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Robert Hayden, University of Pittsburgh; Akira Iriye, Harvard University and American Historical Association; Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan; Christopher McCrudden, Oxford University; Jean Quataert, SUNY Binghamton; Steve Ratner, University of Michigan; Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, University of Washington; Wolfgang Schomburg, Durham School of Law and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan; Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan; Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University; Margaret Somers, University of Michigan; Ibrahima Thioub, UCAD, Dkar; Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan; Carrie Booth Walling, Albion College; Richard Wilson, University Connecticut; Sponsors: Toynbee Prize Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the following University of Michigan units: Department of History, International Institute, Center for International & Comparative Studies (CICS), Weiser Centers, Institute for the Humanities, Law School, Law in Slavery and Freedom Project.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. Feminism, Human Rights, and War: The Case of Lebanon, 2006 to the Arab Spring.” Nadine Naber, University of Michigan.

 

2010-2011

  • Lecture. “Advocates for Freedom: Developing a New Model to Free Prisoners of Conscience.” Jared Genser, Perseus Strategies and Freedom Now.
     

2009-2010

  • Human Rights Initiative Distinguished Lecture. “State Rape: Government-Led Sexual Victimization in Darfur and Iraq.” John Hagan, Northwestern University. Sponsor: Center for Middle East and North African Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Localizing International Human Rights Laws.”  Judith Blau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Sovereign Practices in the Age of Terror.” Junaid Rana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Covering Human Rights: A Journalist's Perspective from the Field.” Kira Kay, News producer.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “International Law: Prosecuting Genocide.” Mark Vlasic, Georgetown University.
  • Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Criminal Justice or Charade? The Khmer Rouge Tribunal.” John Ciorciari, University of Michigan. Sponsor: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan.
     

2008-2009

  • Lecture. “A Humanity without Humans: On Architecture and Human Rights.” Andrew Herscher, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “The Case of The Homicidal Entrepreneur: Reading Literature and Economic Human Rights Through Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger.” Elizabeth Goldberg, Babson College.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Critical Code-switching of Violence in Postwar El Salvador.” Ellen Moodie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Lecture. “African Renaissance and Human Rights: Thabo Mbeki's Certainty.” Daniel Herwitz, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “When Does a Problem Become a Human Rights Issue? Personal Reflections on the Human Rights Movement.” Susan Waltz, University of Michigan.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Animality and the Inhumainzation of Sovereignty: A Visual Culture of Bared Life.” Allen Feldman, New York University.
     

2007-2008

  • Lecture. “Human Rights, Long Form Documentary, and the Practice of 'Filmanthropy'.”  Meg McLagan, Independent filmmaker.
  • Lecture. “Vulnerable Agents: Human Rights Through Children's Eyes.” Wendy Hesford, The Ohio State University.
  • Lecture. “Unsettling Accounts: The Politics and Performance of Confessions by Perpetrators of Authoritarian State Violence.Leigh Payne, University of Wisconsin.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Digging into Google Earth: Humanitarian Interventions in the Age of Digital Media.” Lisa Parks, University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Human Rights In Camera.” Sharon Sliwinski, University of Western Ontario.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Evidence in Human Rights Discourse: Legal Perspectives.” J. Christopher McCrudden, University of Michigan.
     

2006-2007

  • Lecture. “The Impartiality of International Judges: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights.” Erik Voeten, George Washington University.
  • Rackham Human Rights Initiative Distinguished Lecture. “The Myth of the International Community.” Thomas Cushman, Wellesley College and Founding Editor, The Journal of Human Rights.
  • Lecture. “Rice, Fish Beer, Designer Jeans and Other Human Rights Flash Points in Cambodia.” Nick Rine, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “Indigenous Human Rights Organizations and Boarding School Reparations.” Andrea Smith, Ohio University.
  • Lecture. “Legislating Harmony: Law and Labor Rights in China.” Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan.
  • Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights and “Revisiting Yugoslavia’s Dissolution” Series. “Establishing Truth and Responsibility in Post-Conflict Societies.” Nataša Kandic, Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade. Sponsors: Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), Center for European Studies, European Union Center (CES-EUC), Program in International and Comparative Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Complying with the Law: The Case of International Human Rights Treaties.” Beth Simmons, Harvard University.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Human Rights and the Small Arms Trade: Contradictions in U.S Foreign Policy.” Susan Waltz, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “The International Law and Politics of Human Rights.” Jana von Stein, University of Michigan.
  • Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Human Rights in the Post 9/11 Environment.” Michael H. Posner, Human Rights First.
     

2005-2006

  • Lecture. “The Crooked Timbre of Neutrality: Practices of Humanitarianism by the International Committee of the Red Cross.” Liisa Malkki, Stanford University. Sponsor: Anthropology, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “Citizenship, Statelessness and Social Exclusion: Losing the Right to have Rights.” Margaret Somers, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “‘Where are Human Rights . . . ?’  Terrorism, Human Rights, and New Media.” Thomas Keenan, Bard College.
  • Lecture. “Race, Ethnicity and Genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).” Richard Wilson, University of Connecticut. Sponsor: Anthropology, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “Why not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder.” Daniel Chirot, University of Washington. Sponsor: Korean Studies Program, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “Human Rights, Inc.” Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University.
  • Lecture. “Narratives, Testimonies, Voices: The Thickness of Refugees Speaking Out.” Michel Agier, Doctors without Borders. Sponsor: Anthropology, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “The Role of Human Rights Law during Military Occupations.” Steven Ratner, University of Michigan.
  • Lecture. “Human Rights: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism.” Jared Nazir, Frontier Post.