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RightsWatch: The World is Watching, Duke Students Abroad in the Age of Trump

What is RightsWatch?

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.

Watch the live stream on our Facebook page.

Moderated by Prof. Claudia Koonz. Panelists include:

Mona Hassan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies & History in the departments of Religious Studies and History and the program of International Comparative Studies at Duke University.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Princeton University and specializes in global Islamic history.  Hassan’s research and publications analyze the intersections of religion, culture, gender, and politics.  Her first book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines Muslim engagement and entanglement with the notion of an Islamic caliphate following its loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries.  Her second book project on female Muslim jurists explores the shifting contours of women’s Islamic legal scholarship from the emergence of the Muslim community in the seventh century to the secular interventions of modern nation-states in the present. Some of her recent articles in this vein reinterpret how the history of Turkish secularism continues to affect the spatial mapping and contestation of gendered religious domains in the modern Republic of Turkey.

Robyn Winneberger is the Senior Casework Coordinator in the office of David Price (D-NC4).  After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1994 with a Bachelors in Social Work, she began working on immigration and travel issues in Mr. Price’s Raleigh District office.  Her 19 years of congressional work experience focuses on helping those in the Fourth District, Wake, Orange, and a small portion of Durham Counties deal with immigration and veteran matters.

Yash Bajaj is a sophomore at Duke University. He is pursuing a degree in Public Policy Studies and International Comparative Studies with a minor in Political Science. Bajaj hopes to attend law school after graduating.

Philip Moss is a third-year undergraduate student at Duke University and a scholar in the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. He is currently majoring in computer science and his main academic interests includes data analytics and networking. He believes strongly in the potential of technology as a tool to fight oppression and empower marginalized communities. In pursuit of this potential, he has conducted community-based research in both Jinja, Uganda and Cochabamba, Bolivia. For next year, he is excited to continue his journey by joining the Digital Durham Bass Connections team.


Cosponsored by the Global Education Office, DukeEngage and DukeImmerse. 


April 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 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