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September 2014

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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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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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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Juan Méndez, “The Argentine Experience and the Emergence of a Universal Right to Truth”

September 19 @ 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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Human rights lawyer, activist, and scholar Juan E. Méndez will reflect on the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s  Nunca Más report and its impact on the origins and development of transitional justice. Submitted to the Argentine people on September 20th, 1984 , Nunca Más was the first time a government authorized an independent entity to investigate those formerly – and often currently – responsible for its decisions and actions. Juan E. Méndez is a Visiting Professor of Law at the American…

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R!C!A! Film Screening: Auk Nr. 8 (Pit No. 8)

September 17 @ 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 the heart of a once thriving Ukrainian coal-mining region everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town’s desperate residents decided to start mining illegally; they excavate everywhere: in abandoned mines, under the basements of demolished buildings, in the neighborhood woods and leisure parks, as well as in their own vegetable gardens. The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura, the grandson of a powerful Soviet plant director, is the…

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Worship Service with Reverend Alan Storey of South Africa

September 17 @ 11:25 am - 12:15 pm
Goodson Chapel,
Duke Divinity School
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The Duke Divinity School will hold a Service of the Word with the Rev. Alan Storey, minister of the Central Methodist Mission (CMM) in Cape Town.  Before moving to CMM, Alan was serving at Calvary Methodist Church, Midrand, situated halfway between Pretoria and Johannesburg for 11 years.Alan specializes in facilitating Diversity Engagement Encounters, both within the Church and within other business and education institutions – healing the divisions that still divide us.  Alan has served the Transnet Foundation as a…

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April 2014

Meet Human Rights Faculty

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapel Quad,
401 Chapel Dr., Durham, 27708 United States
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Do you have questions about human rights courses or activism on Duke’s campus? Come meet the faculty and students who are involved with the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI and ask them your questions. Click here to view a full list of faculty and students affiliated with the Center. Free Locopops and copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!  

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Rachel Andrews, “A New Wilderness at the Maze”

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Center for Documentary Studies,
1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, 27705
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The Center for Documentary Studies Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The winner of the inaugural 2013 prize competition, Irish writer Rachel Andrews, will give a public presentation with photographer Dara McGrath on documenting the demolition of Ireland’s Maze Prison complex, the subject of Andrews’ prizewinning essay, “A New Wilderness at the Maze.”The maximum-security facility near Belfast is where paramilitary prisoners were incarcerated during the “Troubles” (1971-2000) and where ten Republican hunger…

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What’s Human? Whose Right: Moses Mendelssohn and the Jewish Enlightenment

April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Westbrook 0016 – Duke Divinity School,
407 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Zachary J. Braiterman, Associate Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, will be speaking on “What’s Human? Whose Right: Moses Mendelssohn and the Jewish Enlightenment” as part of the lecture series The Jewish Tradition and Human Rights. Presented by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the DHRC@FHI. 

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Unlocking People Power: Human Rights and Movement-Building in the 21st Century

April 7 @ 12:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke Law School Room 3043

Jeremy Heimans (@jeremyheimans) is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. Since its launch in 2009, Purpose has launched several major new organizations including All Out, a 1.8 million-strong LGBT rights group, built the world’s first open-source global activism platform, and advised institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACLU, and Google.  In 2005, he co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organization…

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