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January 2020

Date January 15 - February 15

‘Waging Peace in Vietnam: US Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War’ Exhibit

Please join us for an ongoing exhibit at the Duke Divinity School. During America’s War in Vietnam, tens of thousands of GIs and veterans created a robust movement in opposition to the war. Yet its history is largely unknown. The Waging Peace in Vietnam exhibit and its companion book show how the GI movement unfolded, from the numerous anti-war coffeehouses springing up outside military bases, to the hundreds of GI newspapers giving an independent voice to active soldiers, to the stockade revolts…

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Date January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rights! Camera! Action! Presents “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz”

This documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution…

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Date January 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Human Rights in Practice with Prof. Surya Deva: The Right to Housing and Corporate Responsibility

Join us for a discussion on business and human rights with Dr. Surya Deva. In this talk, Professor Deva will discuss the duty of states as well as the responsibility of corporations in relation to the right to housing in the context of privatization and financialization of housing.  He will draw on the relevant international human rights standards (both hard and soft norms) as well as communications on this issue sent by the United Nations Special Procedures to, among others,…

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February 2020

Date February 5 @ 5:00 pm

“What is a resource curse: energy, infrastructure, and climate change in Native North America”

Andrew Curley is a member of the Navajo Nation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studies coal and development in the Navajo Nation. His latest publications highlight the consequence of colonial water laws on indigenous nations and the political economy of green transition within reservation economies. His current work is on extraction, energy, and notions of resource curse among tribal governments.  

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Date February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Rights Under Attack: The 26th Amendment and You.

Please join us for a teach in about student rights. The 26th Amendment guarantees voting rights to Americans over the age of 18. However, even as young people still face many barriers to voting, the last decade has seen a profusion of attempts to keep students from exercising that right, from new strict voter identification laws, to confusion about the right to vote at campus addresses, to gerrymandering of campus precincts, to efforts to close down campus polling places. Why…

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Date February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Rights and the Humanities Lecture with Dr. Joseph Slaughter, “Naming the Crisis: The Language of Human Rights and the Neoliberal Turn”

Joseph R. Slaughter teaches postcolonial literature and theory, human rights, and narrative approaches to international law in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His book Human Rights, Inc: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law, won the René Wellek Prize for Comparative Literature and Cultural Theory. He has co-edited a volume of essays on Latin American, Caribbean, and African literatures and culture entitled The Global South Atlantic (2017), and is currently finishing two books: New…

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Date February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

White Supremacist or Philanthropist? Julian Carr and Durham’s Commemorative Landscape

Adam Domby argues that the Lost Cause ideology that emerged after the Civil War and flourished in the early twentieth century in essence sought to recast a struggle to perpetuate slavery as a heroic defense of the South. This was not only an insidious goal, but was founded on falsehoods, including those peddled by one of Duke’s primary early benefactors, Julian Carr. As a graduate student, he resurfaced from archives the speech Julian Carr delivered at the inauguration of UNC-Chapel…

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March 2020

Date March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Méndez Award winner: Carolyn Forché’s What You Have Heard Is True, a reading and book signing

Carolyn Forché’s timely book, “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance” (Penguin Press, 2019), is the winner of the 2019 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. “What You Have Heard is True” is an account of a poet’s engagement with a country going through violent change, in part funded and propelled by U.S. foreign policy. Forché first visited El Salvador in the 1970s, brought there by an enigmatic stranger who…

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Date March 17 @ 7:00 pm

Rights! Camera! Action! presents “The Apology”

This documentary follows the personal journeys of three former ‘comfort women’ who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called ‘comfort stations,’ the three ‘grandmothers’- Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines – face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame…

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Date March 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Global Ideas, Local Impact

Global Ideas, Local Impact is the Duke Human Rights Center’s annual celebration of human rights opportunities at Duke and in the world. The event, hosted by the Student Advisory Board, includes a Research Slam, where students present their human rights research conducted throughout the school year, and an alumni panel, where alumni working in different fields related to human rights share their experiences and advice about human rights work. This event is sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center and…

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