This two-part inaugural event of the Sissy Farenthold Fund for Peace and Social Justice will bring together elected officials representing Austin and Travis County residents at the city, county, state, and federal levels—along with abortion funders and abortion rights advocates—to share strategies for securing post-Roe reproductive justice in Texas and beyond.
Participants consider the past, present, and future of work and livelihoods to generate much-needed responses that can productively confront uneven power relations and entrenched forms of racialized and gendered economic marginality.
We are pleased to announce that the Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture Series in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights will be delivered by author-activist Arundhati Roy on April 20, 2022.
Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice on the Superior Tribunal de Justiça (the National High Court of Brazil), presents his current work on the legal protection of forests and emerging principles in environmental law.
Nancy Hollander, an internationally recognized criminal defense attorney, represented Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was detained for 14 years without charge. The case inspired 'The Mauritanian' (2021), with Jodie Foster as Hollander.
An inter-disciplinary and cross-campus initiative supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research. This initiative expands the boundaries of our investigation by engaging researchers from across the University of Texas campus.
Please join us for a panel discussion on the Rapoport Center’s recent report on the legal and political drivers behind the effects of COVID-19 on low-income Latinx construction workers in the Austin area. The event will feature responses to the report, with a focus on Austin’s accelerating urban growth and its impact on social determinants of health and worker organizing.
Karen EngleMinerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law and Founder & Co-Director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law
Rapoport Center co-director Karen Engle will participate in a global academic panel discussion on the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, to the UN General Assembly. Organized by the Displacement Research and Action Network at MIT.
Charles M. BlowNew York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Author of "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"
Join the Rothko Chapel and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin for the 6th annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights.
The Workers Defense Project's 8th Annual Changemakers Luncheon will honor Texas' essential immigrant workers who have put their lives on the line to keep our economy running while building power for all workers.
University of Minnesota: This webinar delves into the impacts of systemic racism, and suggesting alternative social and policy paths for improving lives and health by respecting the rights of Black people in the United States.
Six advocates will highlight the critical importance of engaging jailhouse lawyers--and incarcerated people generally--in the current movements for prison abolition and racial justice. Speaking from lived experience and advocacy, the panelists will discuss issues such as legal empowerment, prison and jail conditions, parole, clemency, and re-entry.
Join us for a bilingual conversation between quilombola advocates in Brazil and members of the Austin Justice Coalition about shared experiences and differences in the fight against white supremacy, police violence, and territorial dispossession in Brazil and the U.S.
Jennifer LaurinWright C. Morrow Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin
Lunchtime panel discussion and Q&A for law students on emerging legal issues from government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic—covering immigration law and policy to criminal justice and prisoners’ rights to health care and religious liberty, and lots of points in between.
Join us for a spotlight on the work of LLM Candidate and Rapoport Center Human Rights Scholar, Gowthaman Ranganathan. Gowthaman will share some of his experiences working on gender and sexuality in India including the constitutional challenge to the anti-sodomy law and the rights of transgender persons. Lunch will be provided.
Renowned human rights attorney and professor Michael Tigar will discuss his professional experiences in the human rights realm and answer student questions about pursuing social justice-oriented careers.
The Rapoport Center will host in Austin an interdisciplinary conference to consider the relationships among the human rights, prison abolition, and penal reform movements. We invite proposals for papers, panels, art, or other forms of presentation from activists, practitioners, and scholars in all disciplines.
Ruth Wilson GilmoreProfessor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, American Studies; Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
The Rapoport Center and the Rothko Chapel are pleased to announce that Ruth Wilson Gilmore will headline the fifth annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights.
On April 11-12, 2019, the Institute for Historical Studies convened local and international scholars to examine the theme of “freedom,” building upon the inherent tension and historical instability of the word, and treating this as an intellectual and political problem of considerable interest to our world today. The Rapoport Center co-sponsored this event.
Serges Djoyou KamgaAssociate Professor of Law, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa
Dr. Djoyou Kamga's research over the years demonstrates a profound and sustained commitment to advancing knowledge about human rights in Africa, especially on the right to development in the African human rights system, human rights from cross cultural perspectives, and disability rights.
WAR DON DON, directed by first-time filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen, follows the war crimes trial of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel leader Issa Sesay, exploring the complex relationship between individual accountability, collective reconciliation and the limits of international justice.
The symposium will focus on Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria and will bring together scholars, activists, and artists from the island and the diaspora to reflect on how Maria and its aftermath have affected their work.
The Rapoport Center and the Rothko Chapel are pleased to announce that Puerto Rican attorney and climate justice activist Elizabeth Yeampierre will headline the fourth Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights.
This conference explores how the regulation of migration has often served complex political and economic agendas by reinforcing inequalities through imposed legal categories. Through immigration restrictions, governments have acted to exclude, control, and derive gain from groups of men and women who, driven by poverty, environmental degradation, violence, and repression, have sought to enter the borders they enforce.
Daniel BrinksCo-director (2010-2019); Professor of Government and of Law; Chair, Government Department
The LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections features Dr. Daniel M. Brinks for a presentation on his co-authored book, "The DNA of Constitutional Justice in Latin America: Politics, Governance, and Judicial Design."
Free and open to the public.
Steve ViscelliLecturer, Department of Sociology and Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Among the major changes in employment in recent decades, the rise of independent contracting is one of the least understood. In fact, why less-skilled workers choose to become independent contractors has not been studied in detail at all.
Since being retained by the Chagos Islanders in 1997, Robin Mardemootoo has litigated in the UK, the US, and now before the ICJ at The Hague. He is the leading lawyer coordinating the crossborder litigation, which seeks to return the Chagossian people to their homeland and compensate them for the abuses they suffered at the hands of the US and UK governments.
Ileana RodríguezDistinguished Professor Emeritus in Latin American Literatures and Culture - Ohio State University
Dr. Rodríguez's presentation explores: 1) the nature, possibility or impossibility of the political, examining the makeup of the social subject—here woman as urban guerrilla; and 2) the understanding of ‘the feminine’ as an entry point to the maleability or transformability of being.
This talk will explore the ethical, legal and constitutional issues that have arisen since the designation of Guantánamo Bay as a site of incarceration and torture for people suspected of terrorism against the United States, following the events of September 11, 2001.
Graduate students who undertook Summer Fellowships in Human Rights will reflect on their field work, and share their experience working at some of the most cutting-edge human rights and social justice organizations around the world.
Free pizza and refreshments!
Dietrich Thränhardt, one of the most renowned European immigration scholars, will discuss the influx of Syrian refugees to the European Union since 2015, Germany's contradictory responses to this refugee immigration, and the European Union's struggle to find a common approach in the field of migration policies.
Santos will be presenting his latest work, “Lessons from the TPP and the Future of Labor Chapters in Trade Agreements.” His piece uses the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to think through the merits of traditional “trade-labor” linkages, and explores various ways to “retool” the global economic regime to address broader distributive concerns and ameliorate the ill-effects of trade liberalization on labor, such as job losses and wage declines.
The Human Rights Clinic at Texas Law will present its report "Control...Over the Entire State of Coahuila: An analysis of testimonies in trials against Zeta members in San Antonio, Austin, and Del Rio, Texas."
Ayşe ParlaAssociate Professor of Anthropology, Sabanci Universitesi, Istanbul; Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Based on long-term ethnographic research in Turkey among ethnically Turkish labor migrants from Bulgaria, Parla’s presentation will inquire into the appeal and limits of the term “precarity,” an increasingly ubiquitous designation to refer to a generalized condition of insecurity and vulnerability.
Elizabeth DoudClimakaze Artistic Director, FUNDarte, Inc. & Americas Program Coordinator, National Performance Network
Cultural response to climate change is now inevitably global and local, telling specific stories about people, the land where they live and unique ecosystems, and communities of solidarity. This presentation will address these themes through discussion of Elizabeth Doud’s performance research project and other cultural organizing work.
The Rapoport Center, the Latin America Regional Office of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and the Latin American Network on Extractive Industries (RLIE) co-organized a conference in Lima, Peru on natural resource governance, inequality and human rights.
Ai-jen PooNational Domestic Workers Alliance, Caring Across Generations
The Rapoport Center and the Rothko Chapel are pleased to announce that labor organizer, author, and activist Ai-jen Poo will headline the third Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights.
This forum, organized by Native American and Indigenous Studies, will feature presentations by two high-profile indigenous leaders who have played an internationally and locally influential role in the struggles and advancement of indigenous self-determination.
The third wave of democracy swept rapidly over Latin America, so that by the end of the twentieth century nearly the entire region was democratic. Since then, however, much of the democratic discontent in the region has centered on the weakness of these very same institutions. This workshop will use the combined experience of some of the best researchers on Latin American institutions to take a deeper look at the distance between the promise and the performance of these formal institutional innovations.
Central American migration to the U.S. and to Mexico presents unique challenges in the current political environment. This panel of Mexican and U.S. migration experts will discuss the obstacles facing Central Americans who are fleeing violence and seeking protection.
This symposium marks the 10-year anniversary of the implementation of the Secure Fence Act and it reflects on the potential expansion and hardening of the physical and political reality of the U.S. border wall. It is a follow-up to the first symposium organized by the Rapoport Center in 2010.
This bi-national forum will explore how the future of trade under the new U.S. administration might impact citizens working on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border and assess the relationship between trade and the flux of internal migration.
The 16th Annual Sequels Symposium will address, through a series of interdisciplinary and cross-regional panels and papers, the spiraling crises – global, regional, national, and local – of precarity, security, and surveillance.
Professor Wiley and student performers from both sides of the US/Mexico border will present an abridged (25 minute) version of Crawling with Monsters which explores the lived realities of children growing up in gang held territories.
Franck DüvellAssociate Professor and Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
In 2015, about 850,00 people, a quarter of all arrivals in Turkey, moved on irregularly to the EU. This represents a sudden change from 2014, when only 51,000 people left Turkey for the EU. What was going in Turkey in 2015 that can explain these processes?
Franck DüvellAssociate Professor and Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
Policy debates and media coverage during the migration ‘crisis’ gave a misleading impression of a linear, uninterrupted flow of people towards Europe. Instead, research found that this migration was the result of a temporary merger of diverse migrations of a huge range of people along many routes.
Join us for an informal conversation with clinical faculty, staff, and students about defending rights (civil, environmental, human, immigrant, worker, etc.) in a post-election landscape. Free pizza. All are welcome.
Meet the directors and join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary film "Under the Stack," which examines the experiences and struggles of communities with prolonged relationships with the American Smelting and Refining Company.
Maudí TzayAlliance to Break the Silence and End Impunity
Please join us for a talk on the recent landmark case that tried crimes against humanity for sexual violence and sexual and domestic slavery committed against Q’eqchí women at Sepur Zarco military base in Guatemala. Light lunch provided.
The 2nd Annual Sissy Farenthold Endowed Lecture explored the intersection of the arts and human rights, and the need for artists and non-artists alike to engage more fully with the power of artistic expression in the instigation of social change. Mr. Walker was in conversation with bestselling author, curator, and professor Sarah Lewis.
Angelina GodoyHelen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights, University of Washington
As part of LLILAS Benson's “Digital Scholarship in the Americas” speaker series, Angelina Godoy discusses the amnesty law in El Salvador, examining the possible role of digital archaeology in the pursuit of truth and justice there.
As part of the Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series, Dr. Gurbuz will present the situation of the Kurds in Turkey as a case study for attempting to understand the conditions that foster nonviolent civic engagement in emerging civil societies.
Join us to learn more about the Texas Justice Initiative and how it can be a resource to you in your work! Mingle with other people interested in criminal justice reform, with light food and drink provided.
Thinking about a human rights internship? The Rapoport Center and the Human Rights Law Society invite you to an info session on how you can find and fund internships with human rights organizations here in the US and around the world. Free pizza!
Khatharya UmAssociate 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.
Hilal ElverSpecial Rapporteur on the Right to Food, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Research Professor and Co-Director of the Project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy, Orfalea Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
Richard FalkAlbert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus, Princeton University; Distinguished Visiting Professor in Global & International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
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.