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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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August 2020

Date August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Voting Rights are Human Rights: A Joint Faculty-Student Zoom Teach-In

Let’s face it: 2020 will be an election like no other. Our country has never had to conduct an election under circumstances as dire for participation and fair and timely counting at that of 2020. And never have the policies at stake been as important for the issues young voters say they care most about:  the future of the economy, hence job prospects; climate change; policing and systemic racism; health care and reproductive justice; and college debt/affordable higher education, to…

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September 2020

Date September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Environmental Justice in North Carolina: A deep dive into the diverse EJ moment with Catherine Coleman Flowers

Join us for a session on Environmental Justice in North Carolina with our guest, advocate for the human right to water and sanitation, Catherine Coleman Flowers. Register here for the virtual Zoom webinar on Rural Environment Justice and Sanitation. This event is sponsored by Duke Undergraduate Students and cosponsored by DHRC@FHI.

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Date September 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Human Rights in Practice: Fall 2020 virtual events: International Aspects and Impacts of the Black Lives Matter Movement

There are 4 events in the Human Rights in Practice: Fall 2020 Virtual Events series: 9/15/2020 – International Aspects and Impacts of the Black Lives Matter Movement 9/28/2020 – Digital Rights and Discrimination 10/13/2020 – Access to Health Care in Prisons During the Pandemic 10/26/2020 – Torture Victim Protection Act Litigation Please join us for a panel discussion of the international reach of the Black Lives Matter movement with Dominique Day, Executive Director, Daylight, and Chairperson, United Nations Working Group…

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Date September 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, “Protecting Our Home Fires Strategy as a Driver for Self-determination”

COVID-19 has laid bare to the world what most Indigenous Peoples have already known since colonial influence. Racism, oppression, historical legacies and government polices continue to perpetuate the ongoing state of Indigenous Peoples‘ health inequities in many Indigenous communities. Indigenous Peoples carry an inordinate burden of health issues and suffer the worst health of any group in Canada. Beyond that, Indigenous Peoples experience the poorest living conditions, inequitable access to education, food, employment and healthcare/health services in a country that…

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Date September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Feminism, Voting, and the 19th Amendment: A Conversation on the Gender Equity Movement

In recognition of the centennial of the 19th amendment, join us live on Facebook as we reckon with the complicated legacy of the women’s suffrage movement. The panel will explore the history and current state of the women’s movement in the U.S., the intersections of race and class with gender, and the future of feminist activism and research. Please use the following event links to join/register: Zoom Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpceisqzsrHdfGQkPIU2Yn9RzsLPwMw4Di Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/311934826713115/ The panelists include: Representative Vernetta Alston represents North…

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