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February 2021

Date February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Is Fascism Back? Trans-Atlantic Perspectives on the History of the Present

As soon as the Republican Party nominated Donald Trump, commentators began to sound the FASCIST alarm. How has a movement that originated 100 years ago in Italy traveled to contemporary settings from India to Brazil and Turkey to Hungary? As it traveled, did “fascism” become too vague to be useful? Does the history of Brown Shirts help us understand Proud Boys? Can support for the Nazi Party in the Great Depression help us to diagnose the Trumpist faction of the…

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Date February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition

Liat Ben-Moshe is an activist-scholar-educator-researcher working at the intersection of incarceration, decarceration, abolition, and disability/madness. Her work aims to expand what counts as incarceration to include all carceral locales (including residential institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, psych facilities, and prisons/jails) and to connect deinstitutionalization, disability, and mad movements to prison abolition activism through an intersectional lens. Her new book, Decarcerating Disability, is a vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draw important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration.…

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Date February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Rights and the Humanities Annual Lecture with H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., “Martin, the Movement, and the World of Comparative Law”

H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., a noted legal historian of the civil rights movement, joined the Duke Law faculty in June 2020 from Indiana University where he was a professor of law at the Maurer School of Law and affiliated faculty in the Department of History. He previously taught at Duke Law as the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History in the spring 2019 semester. During the 2019-2020 academic year he served as a visiting professor of law…

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Date February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

What is Antifa? Anti-fascism from 1930s Spain to 2020s North Carolina

Pundits debate whether fascism has returned. Nobody can deny, though, that “antifascism” is back. In the USA, and around the world, the idea of “Antifa” has had enormous influence in recent years. But what does it mean? Is everyone who opposes fascism an “anti-fascist,” or is it a more specific group? What is the history of antifascism, and how did it travel from Europe to America? Join a group of European and American historians for a discussion of the long…

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March 2021

Date March 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Human Rights in Practice Event – Voting Security Issues, including Cyber Interference in Elections

With guest speakers: Gowri Ramachandran, Counsel, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice Talita Dias,Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, Junior Research Fellow & Lecturer in Criminal Law, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford Duke Law hosts a number of human rights events, ranging from lectures to symposiums to workshops and panels. The Human Rights in Practice event series, organized by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and the Center for International and Comparative Law, brings together speakers such as human rights practitioners, government and…

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Date March 4 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A Genocide in Our Time?: China’s Internal Campaign Against a Muslim Minority with Sean Roberts and Mustafa Tuna

Within weeks of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Chinese government warned that it faced a serious terrorist threat from its Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim. Mustafa Tuna will interview Sean Roberts about his explosive new book, which reveals how China has been using the US-led global war on terror as international cover for its increasingly brutal suppression of the Uyghurs, and how the war’s targeting of an undefined enemy has emboldened states around…

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Date March 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Human Rights in Practice Event – Food Insecurity, Climate Change and Human Rights

With guest speakers: Tina Huang, Research Analyst, World Resources Institute Kurt Tjossem, Regional Vice President, East Africa, International Rescue Committee     The program is free and open to all. No registration is required; see below for the link to join the virtual event and for information on alternative ways to access Zoom. For additional information, please contact Balfour Smith at bsmith@law.duke.edu. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://duke.zoom.us/j/98675091434?pwd=dUdPTUsxTmtBM1Q4RzhPVGxCSzlvZz09 Passcode: 285369 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +13126266799,,98675091434# or +16468769923,,98675091434#…

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Date March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Méndez Award Winner: Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns by Theresa Keeley

Theresa Keeley’s important and wonderfully detailed book Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns: The Catholic Conflict over Cold War Human Rights Policy in Central America (Cornell University Press, 2020), is the winner of the 2020 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. This is the twelfth year of this prestigious award. The award is supported by the Duke Human Rights Center@the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Human Rights Archives at the Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Reagan’s…

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Date March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 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 is hosted by the DHRC Student Advisory Board and includes a research slam, where students present the human rights research they conduct throughout the academic year. There will also be a panel of Duke alumni, who are currently working in different fields related to human rights. Join us to learn more about opportunities in human rights on Duke’s…

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April 2021

Date April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mapping NC Human Rights History

Please join us for the unveiling of a new online resource for North Carolina students, teachers, community members, and visitors! Produced by students in the Spring 2021 Human Rights Capstone Seminar, taught by History Professor Nancy MacLean, this vivid StoryMap project commemorates and conveys a past that is full of pain, yet also of vision, courage, and inspiration, as growing numbers of citizens of our state have come to realize, in the words of Durham’s own Pauli Murray, that “human…

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