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February 2020

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 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Human Rights in Practice — Law and Social Movements: The Turn to Law Reform and Policy Platforms in Today’s Left

From the Green New Deal to the Vision for Black Lives, today’s left social movements are turning to law reform as a way to reimagine our relationships to each other, the state, and the commons. Professor Amna Akbar, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, will discuss the possibilities and limits of these law reform campaigns to transform our thinking about law, law reform, and the work ahead to build a more just society. The program…

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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 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

“We Cried Power”: The Story of the Poor People’s Campaign

The documentary will be screened by the Student Advisory Board to the Duke Human Rights Center. The Poor People’s Campaign is a movement founded by Martin Luther King Jr. and revived by Reverend William Barber II. The movement has a large base in North Carolina and is devoted to fighting against five evils: poverty, racism, militarization, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative. After the screening, representatives from the NC Poor People’s campaign will speak and answer any audience questions.

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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

CANCELLED: 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

CANCELLED: 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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Date March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

CANCELLED: The Feeling of Being Watched- Film Screening and Q&A

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community. After the documentary screening, there will be a Q & A with Doha Ali ’21 and Fatema Ahmad P’09, Executive Director of the Muslim Justice League and national expert on state surveillance of Muslims. The event is free and open to the public. This event is…

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April 2020

Date April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

CANCELLED: Lunacy and the Racial Legacy of Milledgeville Hospital: A night of story, song and conversation with Mab Segrest and Tift Merritt

This conversation between two friends, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt and acclaimed activist-author Mab Segrest, celebrates the upcoming release of Segrest’s new book, Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum. The book, which tells the forgotten history of American mental institutions and its connections to mass incarceration in our time, is being hailed as a “profoundly great book” (novelist Dorothy Alllison) and an “astonishing feat” (Yale historian Glenda Gilmore).  Merritt will perform songs based on…

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