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December 2019

Date December 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Special Screening of Just Mercy

Please join us for an advance screening of Just Mercy on Monday, December 2 at 7PM. To reserve tickets please visit tickets.duke.edu or call the Duke University Box Office at 919-684-4444. Will call opens at 6PM. Doors will open at 6:30PM. A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those…

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January 2020

Date January 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Book Talk with Ratna Kapur, author of “Gender, Alterity, and Human Rights: Freedom in a Fishbowl”

Ratna Kapur is a Professor of International Law, Queen Mary University of London. She is also a Distinguished (Sessional) Professor of Human Rights and Global Studies, Symbiosis School of Law (India) and a Senior Core Faculty with the Institute of Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. Professor Kapur has taught and published extensively on issues of human rights, with a particular focus on gender, and the rights of sexual and religious minorities. She brings a critical theoretical approach to…

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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 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Raphael Lemkin at Duke University: The Immediate Pre-History of the Concept of Genocide

By now, most people probably know that Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), the Polish-Jewish jurist who is often referred to as the “Father of the UN Genocide Convention,” was briefly affiliated with the Duke University Law School (1941-1942). We also know that this refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe got the gig thanks to the efforts of one of Duke’s faculty members, Malcolm McDermott. And we also know that Duke was the place where Lemkin did some of the research for Axis Rule in…

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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”

Please join us for the second speaker in our Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights series. 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,…

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Date February 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Human Rights in Practice: Book Talk – “A Woman’s Place: U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11” by Dr. Joana Cook

The 9/11 attacks fundamentally transformed how the US approached terrorism, and led to the unprecedented expansion of counterterrorism strategies, policies, and practices. While the analysis of these developments is rich and vast, there remains a significant void. The diverse actors contributing to counterterrorism increasingly consider, engage and impact women as agents, partners, and targets of their work. Yet, flawed assumptions and stereotypes remain prevalent, and it remains undocumented and unclear how and why counterterrorism efforts have evolved as they did,…

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Date February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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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