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RightsWatch: Immigration


What do the rights to due process, health care, a clean environment, education, and living wage have in common? Over the next four years, we are likely to witness dramatic changes in how the US government sees and treats fundamental rights.  RightsWatch seeks to bring Duke scholars and activists in conversation about the rights debates that will shape the future.  These panels are designed to comment on a fast-moving political scene while at the same time engaging in civil – and deeply civic – conversation.

The panel will be live streamed from the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI Facebook page. Please post questions in the comment section of the livestream post.





Imam Abdullah Antepli completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and a board member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. Antepli also serves as a faculty member in the Duke Divinity School, teaching a variety of courses on Islam and Muslim cultures.





Gunther Peck is an Associate Professor History and Public Policy at Duke University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics, comparative immigration history and migration policy, environmental history, and 20th century U.S. social and cultural history.  His first book, based on his dissertation at Yale University, was entitled Reinventing Free Labor:  Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1880-1930, and won the Taft prize for best book in North American Labor History, the Billington Prize for the best book in frontier history, and the Pacific Coast Award for best book in comparative North American history in 2001. Professor Peck is also an active citizen in Durham, where he lives with his wife Faulkner Fox and with whom he has three children.





Ivan Almonte was born and raised in Pedernales, Michoacán, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States in 1999 and has lived in Durham since. He worked as a youth organizer for six years at El Centro Hispano, and in 2009 started working with the Enlaces, a program for Latino youth and parents. He is the co-founder of Alerta Migratoria NC, a hotline for immigrants and refugees in North Carolina.








William Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University and a Co-Director of the Program on History, Public Policy and Social Change. He is the author and editor of thirteen books. His work has focused on civil rights history, women’s history, and modern political history. He helped to start the Duke Oral History Program, the Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations, the Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women, and the Center for Documentary Studies. He chaired the Duke history department from 1990-95 and was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education from July 1, 1995 to July 1, 2004. 




February 13, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911