The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series


Speaker series audience

Professor Mala Htun (University of New Mexico) discusses the politics of inclusion in Latin America, October 2012

The Happy Hour Speaker Series features faculty, activists, and scholars from various disciplines from around the world to deliver lectures focusing on today's pressing human rights issues. Past speakers have highlighted topics from international criminal liability for lawyers to the progressive redistribution of land in Latin America. Speakers are also encouraged to present works in progress so that the participants might be involved in the development of their work. Lectures are held periodically throughout the academic year at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

For biographies of upcoming speakers, please see the Biographies page. Past schedules and information can be found in the Series Archives. Biographies for past speakers can be found in the Biography Archives.


Spring 2015 Schedule

Peter Balakian
Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities; Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, Colgate University

“The Armenian Genocide and Modernity”

Date: March 12, 2015

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306)

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Institute for Historical Studies

Federico Finchelstein
Associate Professor of History, Chair of the Historical Studies Department, and Director of The Janey Program in Latin American Studies, The New School for Social Research

"The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War: Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Argentina"

Date: March 24, 2015

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Location: GAR 4.100

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

Lucas Guttentag
Senior Counselor to the Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (on leave from positions at Yale and Stanford Law Schools)

"Battling for Immigrants’ Rights: Litigation, Advocacy, and Government Service"

Date: March 26, 2015

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306)

Presented by the William Wayne Justice Center and co-sponsored by the Rapoport Center and the Immigration Clinic

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

“The Arab Upheaval: Roots, Dynamics, and Prospects”

Date: April 15, 2015

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111)

Co-sponsored by Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Middle Eastern Studies at UT Austin










World AIDS Day Conference Participants

Professor Inderpal Grewal of Yale University discusses humanitarian citizenship during a Human Rights Happy Hour, September 2011