Speaker Series Events

The Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series features scholars and practitioners from around the world. These multidisciplinary lectures foster dialogue around complex human rights issues. Each lecture draws a wide array of students, faculty, and community members, creating an atmosphere characteristic of the collaborative nature of human rights work.

  1. Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene

    • Rob Nixon Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and Environment, Princeton University
  2. Digital tools and human rights in El Salvador

    • Angelina Snodgrass Godoy Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights, University of Washington
  3. Global Struggles, Local Battlegrounds: A Panel on Human Rights as Civil Rights at the State and Local Level

    • Aimee Arrambide Program Manager and Reproductive Rights Policy Specialist, Public Leadership Institute
    • Ariel Dulitzky Clinical Professor and Director, Human Rights Clinic
    • Celia Israel Texas State Representative
    This panel will discuss how human rights are codified at the local and state level in Texas.
  4. Remembering Violence and the Violence of Remembering

    • Khatharya Um Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    Professor Khatharya Um will discuss her recent book From the Land of Shadows (NYU Press, 2015), which examines the factors and conditions that produced the genocidal outcome in Cambodia, as well as the struggle of Cambodians, both in Cambodia and in the diaspora, to live with and transcend this historical trauma in the aftermath.
  5. Personal Injury Law and International Human Rights: Litigating Toxic Injustices

    • Scott Hendler Attorney and Counselor at Law, Hendler Lyons Flores
    Austin attorney Scott Hendler will talk about his experience litigating against American corporations on behalf of Central American agricultural workers.
  6. Certifiably Fair: Can Consumers Monitor Human Rights?

    • José Aylwin Adjunct Professor, Universidad Austral de Chile School of Law; Co-Director, Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch)
    • Jessica Champagne Director of Research and Advocacy, Worker Rights Consortium
    • Michael E. Conroy Co-founder of Colibrí Consulting – Certification for Sustainable Development
    • Julia Dehm Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Sean Sellers Co-founder and Senior Investigator, Fair Food Standards Council
    The roundtable will consider the possibilities and limitations of various forms of certification regimes for the realization, enforcement and governance of human rights.
  7. Policing the Police: the Federal Government’s Role in Reforming Police Practices

    • Christy E. Lopez Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section, Justice Department Civil Rights Division
    Please join us for a talk by Christy Lopez, a national expert on policing who led the DOJ’s investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.
  8. Rights, Conflict & Crises

    • Hina Jilani Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Human Rights Activist
  9. Rights, Resources, Territory: The Struggles of the Garifuna and Lenca in Honduras

    • Berta Cáceres Coordinator, Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)
    • Miriam Miranda Chamorro Executive Director, The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)
    A Dialogue with the 2015 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award Recipients
  10. The Arab Upheaval: Roots, Dynamics, and Prospects

    • Gilbert Achcar Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London