Lecture Series

2013-14 Lectures

Making Human Rights a Reality

Human Rights Initiative Lecture
September 17, 2013

Speaker: Emilie Hafner-Burton
School of International Relations and Pacific Studies; University of California, San Diego

Location: International Institute, Room 1636

Watch the video of the lecture HERE

Socializing States: How to Promote Human Rights through International Law

Human Rights Initiative Lecture
October 22, 2013

Speaker: Ryan Goodman
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University

Location: International Institute, Room 1636

The Indigenous Emergency

Human Rights Initiative Lecture
November 4, 2013

Speaker: Elsa Stamatopoulou
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race & Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Location: International Institute, Room 1636

2012-13 Lectures

Challenges Facing International Justice

Human Rights Initiative Lecture
January 29, 2013

Speaker: David Scheffer
Northwestern University Law School

Location: Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League

Fault Lines of Faith: Reporting on International Conflict, Religion and Human Rights

Human Rights Initiative Lecture
March 29, 2013

Speaker: Kira Kay
Special Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and founder of the Bureau for International Reporting.

Location: Henderson Room, Michigan League

2011-12 Lectures

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
Exhibition at the Taubman Health Sciences Library

February 3 - April 13, 2012
Location: Taubman Health Sciences Library - 1135 E. Catherine St.

This display is cosponsored by the U-M Taubman Health Sciences Library and the U-M Center for the History of Medicine

International Human Rights Conference: Law and Human Rights in Global History

April 30 - March 1, 2012
Location: Michigan League

Sponsored by the Toynbee Prize Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the following University of Michigan units:

Department of History
International Institute
Weiser Centers
Institute for Humanities
Law School
Law in Slavery and Freedom Project.

Organizers: Professors Raymond Grew and Robert Donia

2010-11 Lectures

Localizing International Human Rights Laws

Judith Blau
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Friday, March 12, 2011

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer St., Room 2022

Judith Blau is the director of the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC. She is also the president of the U.S. chapter of Sociologists without Borders (SSF), which is affiliated with Sociologists without Borders International/ Sociólogos sin Fronteras. Blau is the founder of the journal, Societies without Borders: Human Rights & the Social Sciences and serves on the Science & Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her books on human rights (collaborative with Spanish author, Alberto Moncada) include Human Rights: Beyond the Liberal Vision, Justice in the United States, and Freedoms and Solidarities. She is one of the co-founders of SSF Think-Tank, a state-of-the-art space for democratic, global discussions and debate.

State Rape: Government-Led Sexual Victimization in Darfur and Iraq

John Hagan
Northwestern University

Thursday, April 1, 2011

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer St., Room 2022

John Hagan is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Co-Director of the Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation.  He received the 2009 Stockholm Prize in Criminology and is co-author with Wenona Rymond-Richmond of Darfur and the Crime of Genocide (Cambridge University Press 2009), which received the American Sociological Association Crime, Law and Deviance Section’s Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Publication Award and the American Society of Criminology’s Michael J. Hindelang Book Award.

2009-10 Lectures

Criminal Justice or Charade? The Khmer Rouge Tribunal

September 18, 2009

John Ciorciari, Ford School of Public Policy

Location: 1636 SSWB/International Institute

In 2006, after many years of difficult negotiations, a hybrid tribunal established by the Cambodian government and United Nations opened its doors, charged with trying senior Khmer Rouge figures for some of the most egregious crimes of the Pol Pot era. Ciorciari will begin by discussing the tribunal’s origins and basic features. He will then briefly critique three aspects of the tribunal’s first three years of operations: judicial decisions, administration, and public outreach. He will conclude with thoughts on the capacity of the trials to deliver justice and contribute to reconciliation in Cambodia.

John Ciorciari is an assistant professor at U-M ’s Ford School of Public Policy and senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, an independent institute dedicated to promoting memory and justice in Cambodia. He is the editor of The Khmer Rouge Tribunal (2006) and a new book entitled On Trial: The Khmer Rouge Accountability Process (2009, with Anne Heindel).

Sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Studies

International Law: Prosecuting Genocide

September 25, 2009

Mark Vlasic

Location: Michigan Union - Room 2105B

Former White House Fellow, Mark Vlasic served as a prosecuting attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he was a member of the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica trial and investigative teams.

Covering Human Rights: A Journalist’s Perspective from the Field

October 16 2009

Kira Kay

Location: Institute for the Humanities - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer

Formerly a Network News Producer, Kira Kay's international work has been seen on PBS, ABC, CBS, and CNN. In 2004 she received an Emmy for her report on the Darfur crisis on CBS News 60 Minutes.

Kira Kay co-founded the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR). BIR strives to bring to the American public news content on foreign affairs and global developments.

Sovereign Practices in the Age of Terror

Oct 27, 2009

Junaid Rana, Asst. Prof of Asian American Studies, University of IL Urbana-Champaign

Location: 3512 Haven Hall

2008-09 Lectures

Animality and the Inhumanization of Sovereignty: a visual Culture of Bared Life

September 26, 2008

Allen Feldman, Media, Culture & Communications – NYU

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer, Rm 2022

African Renaissance and Human Rights: Thabo Mbeki’s Certainty

November 21, 2008

Daniel Herwitz, Director, Institute for the Humanities UM

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer, Rm 2022

The Case of The Homicidal Entrepreneur: Reading Literature and Economic Human Rights Through Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger

February 13, 2009

Elizabeth Goldberg, Babson College

Rackham Distinguished Human Rights Lecture Series

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer, Rm 2022


Critical Code-switching of Violence in Postwar El Salvador

January 30, 2009

Ellen Moodie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer, Rm 2022

2007-08 Lectures

Evidence in Human Rights Discourse: Legal Perspectives

September 14, 2007

J. Christopher McCrudden
Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Oxford and Overseas Affiliated Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, Room 2022

Human Rights In Camera

November 9, 2007

Sharon Sliwinski
Assistant Professor of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer Room 2022

Digging into Google Earth:  Humanitarian Interventions in the Age of Digital Media

November 30, 2007

Lisa Parks
Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies
University of California at Santa Barbara

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer Room 2022

Unsettling Accounts: The Politics and Performance of Confessions by Perpetrators of Authoritarian State Violence

January 11, 2008

Leigh Payne
Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer Room 2022

Vulnerable Agents: Human Rights Through Children's Eyes

February 15, 2008

Wendy Hesford
Department of English, Ohio State University

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. ThayerRoom 2022

Human rights, Long Form Documentary, and the Practice of Filmanthropy

April 4, 2008

Meg McLagan, Independent filmmaker

Location: Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. ThayerRoom 2022

2006-07 Lectures

Human Rights in the Post 9/11 Environment

Michael H. Posner, President, Human Rights First

Human Rights & the Small Arms Trade: Contradictions in U.S. Foreign Policy

Susan Waltz, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Complying with the Law: The Case of International Human Rights Treaties

Beth Simmons, Department of Government, Harvard University

Establishing Truth and Responsibility in Post-Conflict Societies

Nataša Kandic, Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade

Legislating Harmony: Law and Labor Rights in China

Mary Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Rice, Fish, Beer, Designer Jeans and Other Human Rights Flash Points in Cambodia

Nick Rine, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Program for Law and Development in Cambodia, UM Law School

The Impartiality of International Judges: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights

Erik Voeten Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University

The Myth of the International Community

Thomas Cushman, Professor, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College and Founding Editor, The Journal of Human Rights


2005-06 Lectures

The Role of Human Rights Law during Military Occupation

Steven Ratner, Law School UM

Narratives, Testimonies, Voices: The Thickness of Refugees Speaking Out

Michel Agier, Board Member, Medecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders)
Directeur d'Études, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Human Rights, Inc.

Joseph Slaughter Department of English and Comparative Lit, COLUMBIA

Why not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder

Daniel Chirot, Professor of International Studies & Sociology, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies University of Washington, Seattle

Race, Ethnicity and Genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Richard Wilson, Professor of Anthropology and Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Director, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

Where are Human Rights . . . ?  Terrorism, Human Rights, and New Media

Thomas Keenan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College

Citizenship, Statelessness and Social Exclusion:  Losing the Right to have Rights

Margaret Somers, Professor of Sociology and History, University of Michigan

The Crooked Timbre of Neutrality: Practices of Humanitarianism by the International Committee of the Red Cross

Liisa Malkki
Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University