The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


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Welcome

The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.

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More than five years in the making, this website offers a glimpse of Sissy Farenthold’s life and career. It showcases a variety of archival materials from her papers housed at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. It also features four original short films, using the archives as well as many hours of interviews we conducted with Farenthold and some of the people with whom she worked over the years. We hope you enjoy what you find about this remarkable woman!

News

Rapoport Center Announces its Summer & Fall Fellows for 2015
Rapoport Center Press Release
May 24, 2015
Nine UT Law students have been selected as Rapoport Center Fellows for this summer and fall.

“A Noble Citizen” Examines the Life and Work of Frances “Sissy” Farenthold
UT Law Press Release
April 21, 2015
This is truly a not-to-be-missed event: one of the law school’s vital and valued centers taking a serious look at one of our most distinguished and cherished alumnae.

Immigration Clinic Wins Major Victory Related to Family Detention at US-Mexico Border
New York Times
February 20, 2015
A federal judge in Washington has ordered the Obama administration to stop its practice of detaining most women and children who were caught crossing the border illegally whether or not they had applied for asylum in the United States.

Briscoe Center Launches Interactive Memoir of Bernard Rapoport
Briscoe Center Press Release
November 21, 2014
The Briscoe Center has launched a special digital edition of Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience by former chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents Bernard Rapoport.


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Upcoming Events


September 28, 2015
Colloquium on Inequality & Human Rights
“A New Greek Tragedy?: Inequality, Human Rights and Democracy”
James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government, LBJ School, UT Austin
Alvaro Santos, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Philomila Tsoukala, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
4-6pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law

October 1, 2015
Oscar Romero Award Series
“Dispossessed and In Danger: The State of Indigenous Rights”
Suzanne Benally, Executive Director, Cultural Survival
Ana Paula Hernandez, Program Officer for Latin America, Fund for Global Human Rights
Juliet Hooker, Professor of Government, UT Austin
7pm, Rothko Chapel
Co-sponsored by the Rothko Chapel; simultaneous interpretation available

October 7, 2015
Speech by Visiting Dignitary
“United Nations and Human Rights in the XXI Century: Progress and Challenges”
Ambassador Alberto D’Alotto, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
11:30am-1:00pm, Jury Room (CCJ 2.310), Texas Law
Co-sponsored by the Latin America Initiative at Texas Law

October 12, 2015
Colloquium on Inequality & Human Rights
“Croesus' World: Human Rights in the Age of Inequality”
Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History, Harvard University
4-6pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law

October 15, 2015
Oscar Romero Award Series
“More than Land: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Indigenous Rights”
Charles Hale, Professor of Anthropology and Director, LLILAS Benson, UT Austin
Karen Spring, Human Rights Activist
Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science, Washington College
7pm, Rothko Chapel
Co-sponsored by the Rothko Chapel and the Baker Institute at Rice University; simultaneous interpretation available

October 16, 2015
Production of De Novo
7pm, Utopia Theater, School of Social Work, UT Austin
Co-sponsored by LLILAS Benson and the Latin America Initiative and William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at Texas Law

October 22, 2015
Inaugural Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture Series in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights
“Spiraling Down: Human Rights, Endless War”
Mark Danner, Journalist and Author; Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism, UC Berkeley; James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College
Evening; location at Texas Law TBD
Co-sponsored by the Rothko Chapel

October 26, 2015
Colloquium on Inequality & Human Rights
“Right to Development After the Collapse of Development”
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Founding Director, Program on Human Rights and Justice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founder, Displacement Research and Action Network
4-6pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law

November 10, 2015
Oscar Romero Award Series
“Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous Rights”
Berta Cáceres, Consejo Civil de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras
Miriam Miranda Chamorro, Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña
4-6pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law
Co-sponsored by the Rothko Chapel

November 11, 2015
Colloquium on Inequality & Human Rights
"This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate"
Naomi Klein, Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, The Nation Institute; C.L. and Henriette Cline Visiting Professor in the Humanities, UT Austin
7-9pm, Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute

November 23, 2015
Colloquium on Inequality & Human Rights
Title TBD
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Development Policy; Professor of International Affairs, The New School
4-6pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law