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September 2014

Kathryn Libal, “Bringing Economic and Social Rights ‘Home’: A View from an Interdisciplinary Human Rights Classroom”

September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Kathryn Libal is Associate Professor of Social Work and Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. She earned her doctorate in anthropology at the University of Washington. She specializes in human rights, social welfare and the state and has published on women’s and children’s rights movements in Turkey and on international non-governmental organizations’ advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees. Her current scholarship focuses on the localization of human rights norms and practices in the United States,…

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Liberation Theology in the South: The Legacy of Theologian and Activist Frederick Herzog

September 29 @ 12:20 am - 1:20 pm
Westbrook 0014 – Duke Divinity School

Theologian Joerg Rieger discusses the contemporary relevance of Frederick Herzog’s pioneering work. Herzog was Duke Divinity School faculty member from 1960 to 1995, civil rights activist, and a pioneer of Liberation Theology and Black Church Studies. Light refreshments will be served, and parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck. Sponsors: Duke Divinity School, The Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Library and the DHRC@FHI.

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Robert Walker, “Do We Accept the Right to be Extremely Poor? Results from an Empirical Enquiry”

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Robert Walker is currently a professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford in England and an adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty. His work examines the way in which the pain of poverty extends beyond material hardship. Rather than being shameless, as is often claimed by the media, people experiencing poverty almost invariably feel ashamed at being unable to fulfill both their personal aspirations or societal expectations due to their lack of income and other resources. Walker calls this a key…

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October 2014

DNA Human Rights and Human Trafficking Workshop

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Join us for the third and final workshop to explore the role of DNA in human trafficking victim identification, and to discuss the ethical, privacy, political and social implications of DNA collection. Free lunch provided. For more information please contact sara.katsanis@duke.edu or view the flyer here.                        

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Susannah Heschel, “The Jewish Tradition and Human Rights”

October 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Westbrook 0016 – Duke Divinity School,
407 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.  Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany’s Geiger Prize, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She is the author…

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R!C!A! Film Screening: Waste Land

October 30 @ 6:30 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage…

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November 2014

Gene Nichol, “Poverty, North Carolina and the American Flight From Equality”

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. From 2005-2008, he was president of the College of William and Mary. Nichol was Burton Craige professor and dean of the law school at UNC (1999-2005); law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995); and Cutler professor and director of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Institute (1985-1988). A widely published author, he is also…

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Human Rights, Truth Telling and Justice Symposium

November 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The symposium will focus on truth telling and justice in the context of human rights, and will include speakers Eduardo Gonzalez-Cueva, Pamela Merchant, Andrea Peto and Kimberly Theidon. Free lunch provided. Please RSVP to emily.stewart@duke.edu by Thursday November 13th. Eduardo González is Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s (ICTJ) Truth and Memory Program, which provides advice to countries on truth commissions, declassification of archives, memorialization activities, museums, and other instruments.  He has provided technical and strategic support to truth-seeking initiatives…

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January 2015

Prospects for Accountability in Latin America

January 22, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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This will include speakers Kate Doyle, Jo Marie Burt and Diane Nelson. Free lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to emily.stewart@duke.edu by Wednesday, January 21st at 12 p.m. Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive. She directs several major research projects, including the Guatemala Project, which collects declassified U.S. and Guatemalan government documents on the countries’ shared history from 1954, and the Evidence Project, connecting the right to truth and access…

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R!C!A! Film Screening: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

January 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4,
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 United States
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In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s — and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that…

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