Previous Annual Conference Events

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.

  1. Inequality & Human Rights

    This conference considered whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally.
  2. Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold: A Noble Citizen

    This conference considered from both an historical and contemporary perspective many of the issues to which Farenthold has dedicated her life, from political campaigns to international advocacy.
  3. Human Rights Constitutionalism: Global Aspirations, Local Realities

    The conference will explore the genesis of human rights constitutionalism and its effects on the human rights agenda in different regions of the world.
  4. Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda

    This conference will bring together scholars, human rights advocates and policy makers from around the world to assess critically the human rights movement’s focus on anti-impunity.
  5. Property Rights and the Human Rights Agenda

    This conference explored topics such as changing conceptions of property, the role of property rights in dispossession and redistribution, and the implications of private titling.
  6. Politics of Memory: Guatemala’s National Police Archive

  7. Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict

    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.
  8. Walls: What They Make and What They Break

    This conference brought together interdisciplinary thinkers who have researched the recent history of walls – made, unmade, in the making – and their consequences on the geographies of nation states.
  9. Human Rights at UT: A Dialogue at the Intersection of Academics and Advocacy

    To commemorate the Rapoport Center's five-year anniversary, the Center's 5th Annual conference considered the human rights work being done at the University of Texas campuses.
  10. Bringing Human Rights Home

    Activists, attorneys, community leaders, historians, and others from Texas and around the country discussed the relevance of human rights as a tool for Black self-determination and racial justice.
  11. Image, Memory, and the Paradox of Peace: 15 Years after the El Salvador Peace Accords

    The Center's 4th Annual conference focused on the acquisition by the Harry Ransom Center of a historic collection of photojournalistic work documenting El Salvador’s 12-year civil war.
  12. Image, Memory, and the Paradox of Peace: 15 Years After the El Salvador Peace Accords

    The conference was organized around the acquisition by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of a historic collection of photojournalistic work documenting El Salvador’s twelve-year civil war. In coordination with the UT School of Journalism’s Donna DeCesare, the conference included the opening of the exhibition “Inside El Salvador” at the Ransom Center with some of its featured photographers in attendance, as well as a closing session on the legacy of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero led by representatives of The Rothko Chapel in Houston.
  13. The Life and Legacy of George Lister: Reconsidering Human Rights, Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy

    The conference used Lister, the State Department’s first Human Rights Officer in the Latin American bureau, as a launching point for exploring various human rights policy development issues.
  14. Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights

    This conference will consider how international human rights law and discourse migrate, and how, in the process, issues of culture emerge internationally.
  15. Working Borders: Linking Debates About Insourcing and Outsourcing of Capital and Labor

    Practitioners, policymakers, activists, and academics from a variety of disciplines considered the underlying concerns that animate today's debates over the global flow of labor and capital.