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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Human Rights: A Yearlong Forum

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Human Rights: A Yearlong Forum at the City College creates a space for discussion about one of the most critical issues of our time. The series of lectures, conversations, film showings, exhibitions, and courses brings together faculty, students, and staff at CCNY and the New York City community to examine human rights through multiple lenses. The forum aims to develop a critical perspective on human rights and to ask how we work towards justice for victims and bear witness to human rights violations? The series is sponsored by the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, the Division of the Humanities and Arts, and the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Launching Lecture for the CCNY Human Rights Forum: 

"What Do We Mean by Human Rights? An Historian's Perspective," A Talk by Eric D. Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History, The City College of New York, City University of New York, Followed by Dean Weitz in conversation with Joel Rosenthal, President of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs“What Do We Mean by Human Rights? An Historian’s Perspective,” A Talk by Eric D. Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History, The City College of New York, City University of New York, Followed by Dean Weitz in conversation with Joel Rosenthal, President of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

North Academic Center Ballroom (NAC) 0/201
 

Thursday, February 13  2014

John Haworth, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, will examine the relationship between the museum, UNESCO, and the UN.

 
Thursday, February 27, 2014

David Marwell, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, will discuss the Josef Mengele case. Marwell has served as executive director of the Assassination Records Review Board and as chief of investigative research for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations. In this latter capacity, Marwell conducted historical and forensic research in support of the Justice Department prosecution of Nazi war criminals, including Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele. He also has served as an expert witness and consultant to the governments of Canada and Australia on several war crime prosecutions, and was a member of the Interagency Working Group for Nazi War Criminal Documents.

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“Human Rights Abuses and End of the Arab Spring.” Speakers are to be determined.Skylight Room at Graduate Center, 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m

Organizers: Beth Baron, director, and Anny Bakalian, Ph.D.associate director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center and Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies the Graduate Center, City University of New York. 
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Juan Mendez,a visiting professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, is the author (with Marjory Wentworth) of Taking A Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights. In 2010, he was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He has served as special advisor to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He was also co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute from 2010–2011. He also was named by the Honorable Kofi Annan as special advisor on the prevention of genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007. Mendez's talk is organized by Dean Mercado of the CCNY Center for Worker Education.


 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Victoria Sanford, professor of Anthropology, Lehman College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Jose Carlos Marroquin, consultant for the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala.


 
May 8, 2014
Andrew Nathan, professor of political science, Columbia University, and a specialist on China, will speak to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tianamen Square Massacre, which will occur in June 2014. Great Hall of Shepard Hall.