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2020-2021

  • November 12, 2020. Donia Human Rights Center Discussion. "Should There Be A Human Right To Cross Borders In Search Of A Better Life?Tom Farer, University Professor and Dean Emeritus (1996-2010), Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Ann Chih Lin, Associate Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • October 15, 2020. Donia Human Rights Center and Center for Global Health Equity Panel. "Human Rights, Health, and COVID-19: Exploring the Connections." Panelists: Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Desmond Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto, Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame and Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Philippines Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines; Eszter Kismödi JD, LLM, Chief Executive, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters and Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School; Moderator: Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Professor, Internal Medicine and of Public Health, University of Michigan and Medical Director of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center and Center for Global Health Equity. VIDEO.
  • October 9, 2020. CSEAS Lecture Series. "Drawing Borders in Blood: DNA Testing, Citizenship, and Statelessness Prevention in Thailand." Amanda Flaim, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University. Sponsors: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, Asian Languages and Cultures.
  • September 28, 2020. CMENAS Colloquium Series. "A Difficult Decade: The View from the Arab Street." Mark Tessler, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Global Islamic Studies Center, African Studies Center, Donia Human Rights Center, Department of Political Science. VIDEO.
  • September 24, 2020. Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Lecture Series. "The World Refugees Made: A Conversation with Pamela Ballinger and Kira Thurman." Pamela Ballinger, professor of history and Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights, University of Michigan; Kira Thurman, assistant professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures and History, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Center for European Studies, International Institute, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Donia Human Rights Center, and Department of History.
  • September 18, 2020. CSEAS Virtual Mini-Symposium. "Press Freedom and the Pandemic in Duterte’s Philippines: Views from the Ground Up." Panelists: José Manuel ‘Chel’ Diokno, human rights lawyer and founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law; Inday Espina-Varona, award-winning journalist, former chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, and former Knight International Fellow at Stanford University; Carlos Conde, former journalist and researcher of Human Rights Watch, former Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center of the University Hawaii, and former fellow at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility; Mike Navallo, lawyer and broadcast journalist and former Reham al-Farra Memorial Fellow at the United Nations; Discussant: Odessa Gonzalez Benson, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Moderator: Allen Hicken, Political Science, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Donia Human Rights Center, Asian Languages and Cultures, Communication and Media, and International Policy Center.
  • September 16, 2020. Donia Human Rights Center Panel. "Racism and Race Relations in the United States: What Value for an International Human Rights Perspective?" Panelists: Catherine Powell, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School and Former White House National Security Council, Director for Human Rights; and Yasmin Sooka, Former Member, South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Moderator: Steven Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Director, Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan. VIDEO.

2019-2020

  • February 27, 2020. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Grassroots Perspectives on Business & Human Rights: Insights from Tethered Fates." Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut. Sponsors: U-M President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights. VIDEO.
  • February 13, 2020. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "The Rohingya Crisis and Future of Democracy in Myanmar." Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network; Founder, Yangon Youth Leadership Center. Sponsors: Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Program in International and Comparative Studies. VIDEO.
  • January 22, 2020. Donia Human Rights Center Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture. "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and Modern Urban America." Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center and African Studies Center. VIDEO.
  • December 13, 2019. Race, Gender and Feminist Philosophy Lecture. Dirty Little Secrets: Transphobia and Intimacy.” Talia Mae Bettcher, Professor of Philosophy, Cal State LA. Sponsors:  Department of Philosophy, Spectrum Center, Doing Queer Studies Now, Women's Studies Department, Donia Human Rights Center.
  • December 4, 2019. SIR Film Screening and Panel Discussion. Dialogue Through Film: Finding Hope and a Conversation on Human Trafficking in the U.S. and Abroad.” Featuring the 2011 short film Finding Hope and a panel of students and professors. Sponsors: Program in International and Comparative Studies, International Institute, Donia Human Rights Center.
  • November 7, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. Using the United Nations to Help Free Political Prisoners in the 21st Century – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Theory and Practice.Jared Genser, Managing Director, Perseus Strategies and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, Law School, Program in International and Comparative Studies. VIDEO.
  • November 6, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture. Global Challenges to Human Rights Today.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2014-18). Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Rackham Graduate School, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Global Islamic Studies Center, Law School, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, Department of History, Department of Sociology, International Policy Center. VIDEO.
  • November 4, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Digital Artwork Presentation. Other People's Words.Amira Hanafi, New Media Artist. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, CEW+, Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design, Global Islamic Studies Center, Program in International and Comparative Studies.
  • November 1, 2019. CMENAS Colloquium Series. Rights of Neighbourliness: Decolonising Responses to Mass Displacement.Tahir Zaman, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sussex. Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Global Islamic Studies Center, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Donia Human Rights Center.
  • October 28, 2019. Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Lecture. “Hegemon Risen: Turkey's Emergence as an Independent Authoritarian State.Michael Hickok (PhD History, 1995), Las Vegas Division Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sponsors: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, International Institute, Donia Human Rights Center, Department of History.
  • October 23, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. “The Due Process of Cruelty: Trump’s Immigration Policy and the Rule of Law.Michael Kagan, Joyce Mack Professor of Law & Director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, Law School. VIDEO.
  • October 10, 2019. Ford School Conversations Across Differences Initiative Event. “Critical Engagement with Transitional Justice: Perspectives from Africa and Latin America.Litheko Modisane, University of Cape Town; Keith Vermeulen, Methodist Church of Southern Africa; Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar, Universidad de los Andes; Gustavo José Rojas Paez, Universidad Libre de Colombia; and Yazier Henry, University of Michigan. Sponsors: International Policy Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, African Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Donia Human Rights Center.
  • September 19, 2019. Zell Visiting Writers Series Event. “Wayétu Moore Reading and Book Signing.Wayétu Moore, Founding Faculty Member of Randolph College MFA program, Distinguished Visiting Writer, Syracuse University. Sponsors: Zell Visiting Writers Series, Hopwood Awards Program, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, English Language & Literature - MFA Program in Creative Writing, International Institute, African Studies Center, Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, Department of English Language and Literature.
  • September 17, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. “Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan.Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Donia Human Rights Center, and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Department of Sociology.

2018-2019

  • April 11, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture. "Sexual Harassment: The Law, the Politics and the Movement." Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. Sponsors: Center for the Education of Women+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of Sociology, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Law School, and Women's Studies Department.
  • April 6, 2019. International Institute Event. "Reflecting on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and Civil War Round Table." Christian Davenport, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan; Cyanne Loyle, Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University; Jens Meierhenrich, Associate Professor of International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Luc Reydams, Professor of Law, Catholic University of Lublin and Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame. Sponsors: International Institute, African Studies Center, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of Political Science, Donia Human Rights Center, and Program in International and Comparative Studies.
  • April 2, 2019. International Institute Round Table. "The Uyghur Human Rights Crisis: What is Happening in Northwest China?" Mary Gallagher, Director of Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan; Gardner Bovingdon, Associate Professor of Central Asian Studies, Indiana University Bloomington; Nicholas Howson, Professor of Law, Law School; and Zubayara Shamseden, Chinese Outreach Coordinator, Uygur Human Rights Project. Sponsors: International Institute, Donia Human Rights Center, Global Islamic Studies Center, and Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.
  • March 29, 2019. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Hostile Terrain Pop-Up Exhibition, Film Screening, and Round Table on "Exploring Border Security and Migration in 2019." Daniel Nemser, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan; Jason De León, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan and Director of Hostile Terrain Exhibition; Lucy Cahill,Curator of Hostile Terrain Exhibition; Raúl O. Paz Pastrana, Filmmaker, Director of Border South; and John A. Doering-White, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology and Social Work, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Department of American Culture, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Donia Human Rights Center, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Latina/o Studies Program, and Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Migration and Displacement.
  • March 28, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Diaspora as Counter Response: Human Rights Stories and Violence Against Women." Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • March 26, 2019. Central Concepts in Contemporary Theory Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop. "Erasures." Eduardo Cadava, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University. Sponsors: Central Concepts in Contemporary Theory Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, Comparative Literature, Department of American Culture, Department of English Language and Literature, Department of Political Science, Donia Human Rights Center, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Judaic Studies, Rackham Graduate School, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Slavic Languages & Literatures.
  • March 25, 2019. Dialogues in Contemporary Thought V Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop On Reading.“Alphabetographies” by Eduardo Cadava, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University and "We have been misreading the camps" by Benjamin Paloff, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Central Concepts in Contemporary Theory Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, Comparative Literature Department of English Language and Literature, Department of American Culture, Department of Political Science, Donia Human Rights Center, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Judaic Studies, Rackham Graduate School, and Slavic Languages & Literatures.
  • March 13, 2019. Program in International and Comparative Studies Young Leaders in Human Rights Lecture. "How Panzi Hospital and its Foundation Added Advocacy to its Pillars of Care." Dr. Alain Mukwege, Research Associate, University of Michigan School of Nursing. Sponsor: Donia Human Rights Center. VIDEO.
  • February 20, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Panel. "Human Rights in North Korea: Crimes Against Humanity, Advocacy for Change, and Future Prospects." Kang Cheol Hwan, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, North Korea Strategy Center; Jared Genser, Managing Director, Perseus Strategies; Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice; and Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Professor, Sociology and Director, Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, International Policy Center, Michigan Law School, Nam Center for Korean Studies. VIDEO.
  • February 7, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Special Lecture to Launch the Robert J. Donia Graduate Student Fellowship. "Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom." Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and Professor of History, Yale University. Sponsors: Department of History, Department of Sociology, and Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. VIDEO.
  • January 24, 2019. Donia Human Rights Center Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture. "Locking up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America." James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer-prize winning author and Professor of Law, Yale University. Sponsors: Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Institute for the Humanities, International Institute Conflict and Peace Initiative, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. VIDEO.
  • January 22, 2019. African Studies Center Film Screening and Lecture. “The Alchemy of Culture and Law in the South African Constitutional Court.” Albie Sachs, activist and former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sponsors: African Studies Center, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Comparative Literature, Institue for the Humanities. International Institute, Donia Human Rights Center, U-M Office of Research.
  • November 29-December 1, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Conference. "Campus Human Rights Conference." Maya Alkateb-Chami, Columbia University; Neeraja Aravamudan, University of Michigan; Michelle Bellino, University of Michigan; Michael Buckley, Lehman College; Sarita Cargas, University of New Mexico; Volha Chykina, University of Michigan; Ann Marie Clark, Purdue University; Bev Colston, University of Vermont; Charles Crabtree, University of Michigan; Lauren Crain, Scholars at Risk; Dilip Das, University of Michigan; Christian Davenport, University of Michigan; Connie de la Vega, University of San Francisco; Melissa del Aguila, University Washington; Robert Donia, University of Michigan; Kristina Eberbach, Columbia University;  W. Tali Hairston, Seattle Pacific University; Courtney Hillebrecht, University of Nebraska; Richard Hiskes, Grand Valley State University; Natalie F. Hudson, University of Dayton; Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton; Rachel Jackson, University of Connecticut; Ben Laurence, University of Chicago; Kathryn Libal, University of Connecticut; Kate Mackintosh, University of California, Los Angeles; Thomas Maloney, University of Utah; Jennifer Mason McAward, University of Notre Dame; Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut; Jessica Peake, University of California, Los Angeles; Tina Kempin Reuter, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Danielle Riou, Bard College; Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, University of Minnesota; Sandra Sirota, University of Connecticut; Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University; Felisa Tibbitts, Utrecht University and Columbia University; Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan; Keith David Watenpaugh, University of California, Davis; and Amy Weismann, University of Iowa. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center and International Institute Conflict and Peace Initiative.
  • November 14, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Panel. "Detaining Refugee Children: What’s At Stake?" James C. Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, Law School; Sherrie Kossoudji, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Economics; Ann Chih Lin, Associate Professor, Ford School of Public Policy; and Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Professor, Sociology and Director of Donia Human Rights Center and Center for Japanese Studies. Sponsors: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, School of Social Work, Michigan Law School. VIDEO.
  • November 1, 2018. "A War Remembered: Biafra at 50." James Phillips, Professor, Population and Family Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health. Sponsors: Department of History and Donia Human Rights Center.    
  • October 25, 2018. International Institute Conference. "Indigenous Languages: From Endangerment to Revitalization and Resilience." Justin Brown, University of Cape Town; Joshua Cole, University of Michigan; G.N. Devy, Bhasha Research and Publication Center; Colleen M. Fitzgerald, University of Texas at Arlington; Jeffrey Heath, University of Michigan; Dan Kaufman, Endangered Language Alliance; Bruce Mannheim, University of Michigan; Gulnisa Nazarova, Indiana University; Martín Vega Olmedo, Scripps College; Pavel Sulyandziga, United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights; and Sally Thomason, University of Michigan. Sponsors: International Institute, Donia Human Rights Center, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, African Studies Center, Center for South Asian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Linguistics.
  • October 10, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Panel. "Future Leaders in Human Rights." Panelists: Charles Crabtree, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science; Volha Chykina, Postdoctoral Fellow, Donia Human Rights Center; Tamy Guberek, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Information.
  • October 1, 2018. Program in International and Comparative Studies Film Screening and Discussion of Soufra. Thomas Morgan, director and producer, Soufra and Quinn Konarska, U-M International Studies alumna and production coordinator, Rebelhouse Group. Sponsors: Program in International and Comparative Studies, Center for Entrepreneurship, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, Donia Human Rights Center, Global Islamic Studies Center, Department of Film, Television, and Media, Department of Middle East Studies, and Center for Middle East and North African Studies.
  • September 24, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "LGBTQ Rights in Poland and EU: Legal and Social Perspective." Krzysztof Śmiszek, Polish human rights lawyer, activist, and managing editor of The Anti-Discrimination Law Review. Sponsors: Center for the Education of Women+ (CEW+), Women's Studies Department, Copernicus Program in Polish Studies, and Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. VIDEO.
  • September 10, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture. "Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World." Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London. Sponsors: African Studies Center, Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Political Science, and Program in International and Comparative Studies. VIDEO.

2017-2018

  • April 17, 2018. Weiser Hall Dedication and Inaugural Lecture. "Global Hot Spots and Blind Spots." Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America. Sponsor: International Institute.
  • April 2, 2018. Human Rights Conference Keynote Lecture. "The Future of Human Rights: Social Science Research and Reality on the Ground." Beth Simmons, University of Pennsylvania. Organized by the Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan and SSK (Social Science Korea) Human Rights Forum, Sungkyunkwan University; Co-sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • April 2, 2018. Human Rights Conference. "Frontiers of Human Rights Research: Methodological Innovations and New Rights Issues." Benjamin Appel, Michigan State University; Hollie Brehm, The Ohio State University; Paul Chang, Harvard University; Jinwon Chung, Korea University; Chad Clay, University of Georgia; Daniel Connolly, Korea University; Charles Crabtree, University of Michigan; Kristina Daugirdas, University of Michigan; Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University; Hun Joon Kim, Korea University; Minzee Kim, Ewha Womans University; Jeong-Woo Koo, Sungkyunkwan University; James Morrow, University of Michigan; Amanda Murdie, University of Georgia; Alyssa Prorok, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Beth Simmons, University of Pennsylvania; Changrok Soh, Korea University;David Suarez, University of Washington; Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan; Geoffrey Wallace, University of Washington; Susan Waltz, University of Michigan; Taehee Whang, Yonsei University; andYoungsoo Yu, University of North Korean Studies. Organized by the Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan and SSK (Social Science Korea) Human Rights Forum, Sungkyunkwan University; Co-sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan. More conference details.
  • March 22, 2018. 2018 Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. "International Justice for Atrocity Crimes – Worth the Cost?" Nicholas Koumjian, International Criminal Lawyer. Sponsors: Armenian Studies Program, Donia Human Rights Center, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • March 20, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture. "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide." Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, Emory University. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Institute for the Humanities, King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Office of the Provost), and the LSA Dean's Office, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • March 14, 2018. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Representation, and Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico." Jason De León, Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • March 13, 2018. WCED Lecture. "Rights in Peril in the Philippines: How Rights Are Wronged and How We Fight Back." Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon, chair, Commission on Human Rights, Philippines. Sponsors: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Center for SoutheastAsian Studies, and Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • February 14, 2018. International Institute Round Table. "The Future of International Justice: Lessons from the Yugoslav Tribunal." Organizer: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan. Panel: John Ciorciari, Director of the International Policy Center, Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan; Robert Donia, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan; Dermot Groome, Penn State University, Dickinson Law; Steven Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, Michigan Law. Moderator: Susan Waltz, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, African Studies Center, Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, and Program in International & Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. Co-sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, African Studies Center, Center for International & Comparative Law, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Department of Sociology, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan Law School, and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. VIDEO.
  • January 24, 2018. CREES Noon Lecture. "Crackdown in Chechnya: Ramzan Kadyrov’s Brutal Rule and International Human Rights." Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director, Human Rights Watch. Sponsors: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, and Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. VIDEO.
  • November 16, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "The United States and the Making of the 1970s Global Human Rights Imagination." Mark Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of History, Faculty Director, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, The University of Chicago. VIDEO.
  • November 2, 2017. Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series. Film Screening and Discussion of Khoon diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail). Iffat Fatima, Filmmaker. Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan.
  • October 23, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture. "Human Rights and Medical Care in Times of Emergency." Sheri Fink, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author, and correspondent at The New York Times. Sponsors: Department of Anthropology, Institute for the Humanities, International Policy Center, Michigan Medicine Department of Epidemiology, Office of Global Public Health, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • October 10, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes." Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Connecticut. VIDEO.
  • September 29, 2017. Center for Middle East and North African Studies Lecture. "Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS): Saving Syrian Lives at the Frontline." Syrian American Medical Society volunteers: Jihad Shoshara, Hisham Bismar, and Lara Zakaria. Sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, International Institute, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, Department of American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS), University of Michigan, and Middle East and Arab Network.
  • September 22, 2017. Center for South Asian Studies Conference. "Seeking Social Justice in South Asia." Flavia Agnes, Majlis Legal Centre, Mumbai; Khalid Anis Ansari, Glocal University (UP, India); Sara Hossain, Bangladesh Legal Aid Services and Trust; Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group (London); Zainab Malik, Justice Project Pakistan; P. Sainath, Founder Editor, People’s Archive of Rural India; A.R. Vasavi, National Institute of Advanced Sciences (retired), Bangalore; and Bezwada Wilson, Safai Karmachari Andolan. Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Islamic Studies Program, Program in International and Comparative Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Anthropology, and Department of History, University of Michigan.
  • September 14, 2017. Michigan Law Book Panel. "Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism." Barbara Havelková, Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan Law School, Center for European Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, University of Michigan.

2016-2017

  • April 13, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Are Refugees a Security Risk? Using National Security and Human Rights Values to Protect Refugees and the Homeland." Hardy Vieux, Legal Director, Human Rights First and Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, U-M Ford School of Public Policy. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • March 24, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Conference. "Changing Models of Minority Integration: Cross-National Comparison of Rights Provisions in National Constitutions." Paulina Alberto, University of Michigan; Zachary Elkins, University of Texas; Matthias Koenig, University of Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Keigo Komamura, Keio University; Mirjam Künkler, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study; Will Kymlicka, Queen's University; Mara Loveman, University of California, Berkeley; Kenneth McElwain, University of Tokyo; John Packer, University of Ottawa; Tianna Paschel, University of California, Berkeley; Steven R. Ratner, University of Michigan; Hwaji Shin, University of San Francisco; John Skrentny, University of California, San Diego; and Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies and Donia Human Rights Center, University of Michigan, and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
  • March 23, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Human Rights without Human Supremacism." Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. VIDEO.
  • March 6, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Panel. "The Island President's Struggle for Democracy and Environmental Justice in the Maldives." President Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives, political prisoner, human rights leader; Jared Genser, managing director, Perseus Strategies and founder, Freedom Now; and Rebecca Hardin, associate professor, School of Natural Resources and Envrionment, University of Michigan. Moderator: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, director, Donia Human Rights Center, director, Center for Japanese Studies, and associate professor, Sociology, University of Michigan. Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Sociology, Donia Human Rights Center, Graham Sustainability Institute, International Policy Center, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • March 6, 2017. Film Screening. "The Island President". Sponsors: Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Sociology, Donia Human Rights Center, Graham Sustainability Institute, International Policy Center, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan.
  • February 7, 2017. Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. "Just Words? Evaluating the Impact of Constitutional Rights." Mila Versteeg, Professor of Law and Director, Human Rights Program, University of Virginia School of Law. VIDEO.
  • November 4, 2016. Future Leaders in Human Rights Lecture. "Growing Pains: Why and How the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Need to Evolve over the Next Ten Years." Sarah Brooks, programme manager, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and human rights advocate. Sponsors: Donia Human Rights Center, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan.
  • October 11, 2016. Human Rights Program Distinguished Lecture. "Are We Making Progress in Human Rights? Transformations in Knowledge and Activism." Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Sponsors: Department of Political Science, Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, and Program in International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • October 6-8, 2016. Human Rights Conference. "Comparative Human Rights: From Practice to Theory?" Omolade Adunbi, University of Michigan; Philip Alston, New York University; Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan; Charles Beitz, Princeton University; Laura Beny, University of Michigan; Samantha Besson, University of Fribourg; Robert Donia, University of Michigan; Marcus Düwell, Utrecht University; Rainer Forst, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; Mark Goodale, University of Lausanne; Monica Hakimi, University of Michigan; Daniel Halberstam, University of Michigan; Scott Hershovitz, University of Michigan; Don Herzog, University of Michigan; Hans Joas, Humboldt University of Berlin; David Kennedy, Harvard University; Matthias Koenig, University of Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Cristina Lafont, Northwestern University; Patrick Macklem, University of Toronto; Matthias Mahlmann, University of Zürich; Natasa Mavronicola, University of Birmingham; Kathryn McNeilly, Queen’s University Belfast; Ralf Michaels, Duke University; Steven Ratner, University of Michigan; Mathias Reiman, University of Michigan; Christopher Roberts, University of Minnesota; Andrea Sangiovanni, King’s College London; Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan; Kathryn Sikkink; Harvard University; Bruno Simma, University of Michigan; Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan; Jeremy Waldron, New York University; and Sally Wheeler, Queen’s University Belfast. Sponsors: Human Rights Program and Law School, University of Michigan.
  • September 22, 2016. Film Screening. “When Elephants Fight” Screening with remarks from Dr. Denis Mukwege and director Michael Ramsdell." Dr. Denis Mukwege, renowned human rights advocate for women of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Michael Ramsdell, director of the film “When Elephants Fight.” Sponsors: CSEPH – School of Public Health, Global REACH, Human Rights Program, School of Nursing, Michigan Ross School of Business, Office of Global Public Health, and William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan.
  • September 22, 2016. Human Rights Program Undergraduate Event. “Conflict Minerals and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege and Michael Ramsdell.” Dr. Denis Mukwege, renowned human rights advocate for women of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Michael Ramsdell, director of the film“When Elephants Fight.”  Sponsors: CSEPH – School of Public Health, Global REACH, Human Rights Program, Michigan Ross School of Business, Office of Global Public Health, Program in International and Comparative Studies, School of Nursing, and William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan. VIDEO.

2015-2016

  • March 28, 2016. Human Rights Program Lecture. “The Seductions of Quantification: Governing through Human Rights Indicators.”  Sally Engle Merry, Silver Professor and Professor of Anthropology. New York University. Sponsors: Human Rights Program and Department of Sociology, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • January 27, 2016. Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship Info Session. Folake Graves, fellowship advisor and Jeong Woo Koo, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Sungkyunkwan University.
  • January 27, 2016. Nam Center for Korean Studies Colloquium Series. “Contested Diffusion of Human Rights: Evidence from the South Korean Print Media, 1990-2010. Jeong Woo Koo, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Sungkyunkwan University. Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative.
  • December 1, 2015. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Cities and Human Rights in the 21st Century World.Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh. Sponsors: Human Rights Initiative and Department of Sociology, University of Michigan. VIDEO.
  • November 13, 2015. Symposium. "Peace or Ceasefire? Bosnia Twenty Years after Dayton.Participants:  Paula Pickering (PhD Political Science ’01), Associate Professor of Government, College of William and Mary, Robert J. Donia (MA History ’74, PhD History ’76), Research Associate, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, U-M, Michael MacQueen (BA Economics ’80, MA REES ’83), Senior Historian, Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Edin Hajdarpasić (MA History ’02, PhD History ’08). Moderator: Pamela Ballinger, Associate Professor, Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights. Sponsors: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for European Studies, Department of History, Human Rights Initiative, International Policy Center, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.
  • September 29, 2015. Lecture. “From South Africa to Rwanda and Syria: A Journey of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.” Judge Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2008-2014. Sponsors: Law School, University of Michigan, Human Rights Initiative.
  • September 15, 2015. Human Rights Initiative Distinguished Lecture. “The World Bank as a Human Rights-Free Zone.Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights; John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law; and Director of Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. New York University.

2014-2015

2013-2014

  • November 4, 2013. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “The Indigenous Emergency.Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Columbia University. VIDEO.
  • October 22, 2013. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Socializing States.Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, Professor of Politics and Sociology; Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. New York University School of Law.  VIDEO.
  • September 17, 2013. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Making Human Rights a Reality.Emilie Hafner-Burton, professor of Global Policy and Strategy; director, School’s Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. University of California, San Diego. VIDEO.

2012-2013

2011-2012

  • March 30-31, 2012. International Human Rights Conference: “Law and Human Rights in Global History.Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University, Pamela Ballinger, University of Michigan; Elizabeth Borgwardt, Washington University; Robert Donia, University of Michigan; Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh; Ilana Feldman, George Washington University; Gregory Fox, Wayne State University; Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester; Malick Ghachem, University of Maine School of Law; Raymond Grew, University of Michigan; Brian Grodsky, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Robert Hayden, University of Pittsburgh; Akira Iriye, Harvard University and American Historical Association; Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan; Christopher McCrudden, Oxford University; Jean Quataert, SUNY Binghamton; Steve Ratner, University of Michigan; Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, University of Washington; Wolfgang Schomburg, Durham School of Law and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan; Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan; Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University; Margaret Somers, University of Michigan; Ibrahima Thioub, UCAD, Dkar; Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan; Carrie Booth Walling, Albion College; Richard Wilson, University Connecticut; Sponsors: Toynbee Prize Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the following University of Michigan units: Department of History, International Institute, Center for International & Comparative Studies (CICS), Weiser Centers, Institute for the Humanities, Law School, Law in Slavery and Freedom Project.
  • November 17, 2011. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. Feminism, Human Rights, and War: The Case of Lebanon, 2006 to the Arab Spring.” Nadine Naber, University of Michigan.

2010-2011

  • October 10, 2010. Lecture. “Advocates for Freedom: Developing a New Model to Free Prisoners of Conscience.” Jared Genser, Perseus Strategies and Freedom Now.

2009-2010

  • April 1, 2010. Human Rights Initiative Distinguished Lecture. “State Rape: Government-Led Sexual Victimization in Darfur and Iraq.” John Hagan, Northwestern University. Sponsor: Center for Middle East and North African Studies, University of Michigan.
  • March 12, 2010. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Localizing International Human Rights Laws.”  Judith Blau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • October 27, 2009. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Sovereign Practices in the Age of Terror.” Junaid Rana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • October 16, 2009. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Covering Human Rights: A Journalist's Perspective from the Field.” Kira Kay, News producer.
  • September 25, 2009. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “International Law: Prosecuting Genocide.” Mark Vlasic, Georgetown University.
  • September 18, 2009. Human Rights Initiative Lecture. “Criminal Justice or Charade? The Khmer Rouge Tribunal.” John Ciorciari, University of Michigan. Sponsor: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan.

2008-2009

  • March 18, 2009. Lecture. “A Humanity without Humans: On Architecture and Human Rights.” Andrew Herscher, University of Michigan.
  • February 13, 2009. Lecture. “The Case of The Homicidal Entrepreneur: Reading Literature and Economic Human Rights Through Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger.” Elizabeth Goldberg, Babson College.
  • January 30, 2009. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Critical Code-switching of Violence in Postwar El Salvador.” Ellen Moodie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • November 21, 2008. Lecture. “African Renaissance and Human Rights: Thabo Mbeki's Certainty.” Daniel Herwitz, University of Michigan.
  • September 30, 2008. Lecture. “When Does a Problem Become a Human Rights Issue? Personal Reflections on the Human Rights Movement.” Susan Waltz, University of Michigan.
  • September 26, 2008. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Animality and the Inhumainzation of Sovereignty: A Visual Culture of Bared Life.” Allen Feldman, New York University.

2007-2008

  • April 4, 2008. Lecture. “Vulnerable Agents: Human Rights Through Children's Eyes.” Wendy Hesford, The Ohio State University.
  • March 14, 2008. Lecture. “Human Rights, Long Form Documentary, and the Practice of 'Filmanthropy'.”  Meg McLagan, Independent filmmaker.
  • January 11, 2008. Lecture. “Unsettling Accounts: The Politics and Performance of Confessions by Perpetrators of Authoritarian State Violence.Leigh Payne, University of Wisconsin.
  • November 30, 2007. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Digging into Google Earth: Humanitarian Interventions in the Age of Digital Media.” Lisa Parks, University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • November 9, 2007. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Human Rights In Camera.” Sharon Sliwinski, University of Western Ontario.
  • September 14, 2007. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Evidence in Human Rights Discourse: Legal Perspectives.” J. Christopher McCrudden, University of Michigan.

2006-2007

  • April 5, 2007. Lecture. “The Impartiality of International Judges: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights.” Erik Voeten, George Washington University.
  • April 13, 2007. Rackham Human Rights Initiative Distinguished Lecture. “The Myth of the International Community.” Thomas Cushman, Wellesley College and Founding Editor, The Journal of Human Rights.
  • March 9, 2007. Lecture. “Rice, Fish Beer, Designer Jeans and Other Human Rights Flash Points in Cambodia.” Nick Rine, University of Michigan.
  • February 20, 2007. Lecture. “Indigenous Human Rights Organizations and Boarding School Reparations.” Andrea Smith, Ohio University.
  • February 9, 2007. Lecture. “Legislating Harmony: Law and Labor Rights in China.” Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan.
  • January 22, 2007. Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights and “Revisiting Yugoslavia’s Dissolution” Series. “Establishing Truth and Responsibility in Post-Conflict Societies.” Nataša Kandic, Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade. Sponsors: Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), Center for European Studies, European Union Center (CES-EUC), Program in International and Comparative Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.
  • January 12, 2007. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Complying with the Law: The Case of International Human Rights Treaties.” Beth Simmons, Harvard University.
  • November 1, 2006. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Human Rights and the Small Arms Trade: Contradictions in U.S Foreign Policy.” Susan Waltz, University of Michigan.
  • October 23, 2006. Lecture. “The International Law and Politics of Human Rights.” Jana von Stein, University of Michigan.
  • September 22, 2006. Rackham International Perspectives on Human Rights Lecture. “Human Rights in the Post 9/11 Environment.” Michael H. Posner, Human Rights First.

2005-2006

  • April 7, 2006. Lecture. “The Crooked Timbre of Neutrality: Practices of Humanitarianism by the International Committee of the Red Cross.” Liisa Malkki, Stanford University. Sponsor: Anthropology, University of Michigan.
  • March 10, 2006. Lecture. “Citizenship, Statelessness and Social Exclusion: Losing the Right to have Rights.” Margaret Somers, University of Michigan.
  • February 10, 2006. Lecture. “‘Where are Human Rights . . . ?’  Terrorism, Human Rights, and New Media.” Thomas Keenan, Bard College.
  • February 3, 2006. Lecture. “Race, Ethnicity and Genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).” Richard Wilson, University of Connecticut. Sponsor: Anthropology, University of Michigan.
  • February 2, 2006. Lecture. “Why not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder.” Daniel Chirot, University of Washington. Sponsor: Korean Studies Program, University of Michigan.
  • November 11, 2005. Lecture. “Human Rights, Inc.” Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University.
  • October 25, 2005. Lecture. “Narratives, Testimonies, Voices: The Thickness of Refugees Speaking Out.” Michel Agier, Doctors without Borders. Sponsor: Anthropology, University of Michigan.
  • September 16, 2005. Lecture. “The Role of Human Rights Law during Military Occupations.” Steven Ratner, University of Michigan.

2004-2005

  • February 10, 2005. Lecture. “Human Rights: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism.” Jared Nazir, Frontier Post.