Human Rights Program Past Events

The James G. McDonald Distinguished Lecture on Humanitarian Intervention, co-sponsored by The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. ... Read more
New technologies can play a key role in protecting human rights, but also create new threats to human rights and vulnerabilities for human rights defenders. This program examined such developments as the use of satellite imagery, drones, and... Read more
Why do wars cluster in some regions and not in others? Why do wars spread to engulf additional countries?... Read more
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College hosted a two-day conference marking the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid and the establishment of South Africa’s constitutional... Read more
Summerfest is an annual forum for prospective students interested in graduate programs in international affairs at Columbia University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University and Georgetown University. This event... Read more
In the last decade, Judge Robert Katzmann, Chief Justice for the United States court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, noticed a new wave of immigration cases flooding local, state, and federal courts — sometimes occupying up to 40% of... Read more
This event was co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science at Hunter College. India’s general elections are not only fascinating and consequential in their own right; they are also an important indicator of democracy’s global... Read more
Roosevelt House welcomed Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest court. He is one of South Africa’s most prominent judicial figures and has a long history of activism, especially with regards to the... Read more
Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, will talk with Hunter students about his long and finally successful quest to bring the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, to justice for the killings of... Read more
UN Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq, who oversees all of the UN’s peacekeeping missions around the world, will have lunch with Hunter students to discuss the role of human rights in UN peacekeeping operations, and provide... Read more
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute held a panel discussion of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire and its effect on labor laws and workplace safety in the US, and of the recent factory fire in Bangladesh and the effect it might have... Read more
Leading human rights activist, lawyer, and Co-Chairperson of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee, Andrew Khoo, will be joining us fresh from representing Malaysian NGOs at the previous week’s review of... Read more
View our conversation below with award-winning Indian film actress, director, and committed human rights advocate, Nandita Das. She spoke with NYU Anthropology Professor Ritty Lukose, Hunter Public Policy... Read more
Peter Osnos, Founder and Editor-at-Large, PublicAffairs and Robert Kaiser, former Associate Editor and Senior Correspondent at Washington Post, will discuss their experiences reporting in countries... Read more

A panel discussion on the right of ecological regions to exercise political sovereignty and self-rule over the resources necessary to sustain their lives and habitats.


The Hunter College Human Rights Program presents a brownbag lunch with Widney Brown, Senior Director of international Law and Policy, Amnesty International, on surveillance issues.


Followed by Audience Q&A and reception honoring NYC food activists.


Will the Chemical Weapons be destroyed? How? When? Safely? with Tisch Public Health Fellow Richard Jackson What do the international negotiations mean for the people of Syria? with Syrian-American... Read more
Click here for a recap of the event: “Engaging Muslim Youth in the Global ‘Youth-quake:” Farah... Read more
Co-Sponsored by The Roosevelt Institute
A talk by a leading Indian human rights lawyer.
It started with a visit from spirits. In 1991, Joseph Kony, the leader of a Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, claimed that spiritual beings had come to him, instructing him to lead brutal raids against civilians... Read more
A forum and working group organized by Professor Rob Jenkins (Roosevelt House Faculty Associate, Hunter College Department of Political Science), with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The immediate purpose of... Read more
This event will feature a presentation and discussion with Lizzie Presser and Renee Muza (Hunter ‘10), Half the Sky Movement Campus Engagement Coordinators, as well as a segment from the new PBS documentary. Come to learn more about... Read more
In her new book, former U.S. representative Elizabeth Holtzman pairs with lawyer and journalist Cynthia L. Cooper to explain why we can’t “just move on.”  Holtzman and Cooper argue that the... Read more

Education Under Fire

April 18, 2012

Screening of a documentary that gives compelling evidence of the Iranian government’s violation of the right to education through a coordinated attack against a Baha’i school in May 2011. The film screening was followed by a panel... Read more
On April 2, 2012, Roosevelt House hosted a screening of the 2011 Academy Award-winning film, Strangers No More, followed by a conversation with the Filmmakers Kirk Simon and Karen... Read more
On March 13, 2012, Roosevelt House hosted a discussion with a number of Asian-American writers.  The impact on Asian American communities in the decade since 9/11 has taken many visible and invisible forms: detention and deportation, displaced... Read more
On March 8, 2012, the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York and Roosevelt House – in celebration of International Women’s Day – held a book discussion followed by a Q&A and conversation with the audience on: Child... Read more