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.
April 6–7, 2017
This workshop and public forum will explore global supply chains and the possibilities and limitations of third-party certification schemes for the realization and enforcement of human rights.
April 7–9, 2016
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.
April 23–25, 2015
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.
February 13–14, 2014
The conference will explore the genesis of human rights constitutionalism and its effects on the human rights agenda in different regions of the world.
February 7–8, 2013
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.
March 1–2, 2012
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.
December 1–2, 2011
February 17–18, 2011
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.
February 25–26, 2010
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.
March 26–28, 2009
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.
February 20–21, 2009
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.
April 17–18, 2008
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.
December 1–2, 2006
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.
November 3–4, 2005
This conference will consider how international human rights law and discourse migrate, and how, in the process, issues of culture emerge internationally.
February 10–11, 2005
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.