Since our opening conference in 2005 on immigration and labor, the Rapoport Center has hosted more than a dozen conferences on cutting-edge human rights issues. Subsequent conferences have investigated topics ranging from the role of archives in political memory to anti-impunity and the lingering effects of conflict. These multidisciplinary events afford scholars, policymakers, and activists the opportunity to engage in critical exchange on the contemporary state of human rights theory and practice and their possible future trajectories.
The Rapoport Center's Spring 2024 conference, Disarming Toxic Empire, will bring together academics, advocates, and artists working through intergenerational channels of memory and justice to respond to nuclear toxicity in all its forms and manifestations, in sites ranging from the Navajo Nation and the Pacific Islands to Japan, North Africa, and Ghana.
The Rapoport Center in Austin hosted an interdisciplinary conference to consider the relationships among the human rights, prison abolition, and penal reform movements. We invited proposals for papers, panels, art, or other forms of presentation from activists, practitioners, and scholars in all disciplines.
The conference brought together scholars, activists, performance artists, and journalists to explore the intersections of violence, the colonial past, memory, and trauma in the National Theatre of Scotland's play 'Black Watch', presented by Texas Performing Arts.