The City College of New York

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.

 


Nov
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Mass Incarceration in America

 

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime:

The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

 

With Elizabeth Hinton

 

Opening Remarks by

NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr

 

Moderator: Susanna Rosenbaum

November 1, 2016

6:30-8:30 pm

CCNY Center for Worker Education Auditorium

25 Broadway, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10004

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Elizabeth Hinton is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard University Press, 2016) examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of American citizens.

Susanna Rosenbaum is Assistant Professor in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at The City College Center for Worker Education. Her research and teaching center immigration, race, and citizenship; gendered labor and neoliberalism; kinship and reproduction; and the Americas. Her forthcoming manuscript, Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in LA, will be published with Duke University Press.

 

 

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Apr
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Indigenous Communities, International Law, and Transnational Activism

Indigenous Communities, International Law, and Transnational Activism 

Panel Speakers Elides Rivera Navas and Susanna Schaller, moderated by Deborah Edwards-Anderson

April 20, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

CCNY Center for Worker Education, Auditorium

25 Broadway, 7th Floor

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Elides Rivera Navas is a Teribe leader and indigenous activist from Terraba, Costa Rica. Elides will talk about how indigenous communities suffer from institutionalized discrimination and how they have invoked international and national law and engaged in transnational human rights organizing to negotiate their rights to land, culture, and citizenship. She specifically will address indigenous activism to protect communities from the construction of hydroelectric dams and that pose real challenges to their survival as peoples. She will elaborate on coalition building through local grassroots organizing, multilayered NGO networking, and university partnerships.

Dr. Susanna Schaller, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, The City College, will discuss her field research on indigenous rights activism in Costa Rica.  She observed the 1997 community consultation process aimed at creating a national indigenous law in accordance with the International Labour Organization’s Covenant.

Deborah Edwards-Anderson is a program officer and principal academic adviser in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her graduate research on Dakota language revitalization and commemorations of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 was featured in conjunction with the traveling exhibit “Civil War 150,” a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Library of America, and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2014. Her article “From Reconciliation to Resurgence: Dakota Commemorations of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862” will be published in the Middle West Review’s special issue on the Indigenous Midwest.

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Nov
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

“Moving Children: Young Migrants and the Challenge of Rights” with Jacqueline Bhabha and Eric Weitz, moderated by Susan Bissell

Why, despite massive public concern, is child trafficking on the rise? Why are unaccompanied migrant children living on the streets and routinely threatened with deportation to their countries of origin? Why do so many young refugees of war-ravaged and failed states end up warehoused in camps, victimized by the sex trade, or enlisted as child soldiers? This book provides the first comprehensive account of the widespread but neglected global phenomenon of child migration, exploring the complex challenges facing children and adolescents who move to join their families, those who are moved to be exploited, and those who move simply to survive.

Spanning several continents and drawing on the actual stories of young migrants, the book shows how difficult it is for children to reunite with parents who left them behind to seek work abroad. It looks at the often-insurmountable obstacles we place in the paths of adolescents fleeing war, exploitation, or destitution; the contradictory elements in our approach to international adoption; and the limited support we give to young people brutalized as child soldiers. Part history, part in-depth legal and political analysis, this powerful book challenges the prevailing wisdom that widespread protection failures are caused by our lack of awareness of the problems these children face, arguing instead that our societies have a deep-seated ambivalence to migrant children—one we need to address head-on. Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age offers a road map for doing just that, and makes a compelling and courageous case for an international ethics of children’s human rights.

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Oct
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

LGBT Rights as Human Rights

Please join us for a panel discussion on "LGBT Rights as Human Rights," featuring New York State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, a prime sponsor of the Marriage Equality Act, Charles Radcliffe, Chief of the Global Issues Section of the UN Human Rights Office in New York as well as Senior UN Human Rights Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and South African activist Phumi Mtetwa, former secretary general of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), and former Director of the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project of South Africa.  From local and global perspectives, the panelists will reflect on the recent cultural and political shifts in which LGBT rights have suddenly become part of the global conversation. The panel will discuss the gains made locally and nationally in terms of marriage equality. The speakers will look at how these gains came about, and consider the paradox between newly won rights and protections on the one hand, and the persistence of socially acceptable violence and discrimination on the other.

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Oct
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Human Rights Law & Documentary Filmmaking

In the spring of 2013, General Efraín Ríos Montt of Guatemala was tried and convicted of genocide (even if the conviction was overturned one month later). This was the first time in 500 years that genocide against indigenous Americans was tried. Clips from the documentary Granito (Skylight Pictures, 2011) were used as evidence in the trial.  Now the filmmakers are working on a short documentary around the trial and its aftermath. Almudena Bernabeu, one of the lawyers who worked on the Guatemala Genocide Case, still serves transnationally on cases throughout the world. 

The event will explore the path-breaking work of Spain in human rights law and the relentless commitment of intellectuals and activists in making the seemingly impossible possible. By bringing together documentary film, ethnography, and law, the filmmakers and lawyer who join us for this event are exemplary of how human rights can make a difference, even if the odds remain seemingly insurmountable. 

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May
5
8:30am 8:30am

"Women and Leadership: How We Do It All," a conversation between Carme Chacón and Jessica Lappin, Moderated by Vince Boudreau, A Breakfast Event

BREAKFAST EVENT

In the past few years, conversations about women and work have made headlines, notably in books and articles by Ursula Burns, Sheryl Sandberg, Anne-Marie Slaughter, or Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. Whether it’s about “leaning in,” or “doing it all,” women are without a doubt occupying leadership positions and making personal lives work. This conversation will focus on how leadership, and the role of women in governance, work both in the United States and Europe. Are there cultural differences? How do societal norms structure how a ‘woman’ operates in the workplace? Which lessons might we learn from such a transatlantic dialogue? Carme Chacón is Spain’s first female Minister of Defense and a professor in residence at Miami Dade College. Jessica Lappin is President, Alliance for Downtown New York, former New York City legislator and Lower Manhattan business leader.

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Mar
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

“Torture, International Law, and the Fight against Terrorism,” with Juan E. Méndez in conversation with Amrit Singh, moderated by Rajan Menon

 

Torture is of special concern to the international community. International law has developed standards to prohibit it absolutely and mechanisms to prevent it.   The normative framework favors a total abolition of torture in practice.  And yet various forms of torment are practiced every day in at least half of the countries of the world.  Public condemnation of torture has been temporarily replaced by resignation or even tolerance in the wake of the "war on terror."  We must interrogate ourselves as to whether those mechanisms are working and what else needs to be done to abolish torture in our lifetime.

 

 

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Feb
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

"Uprisings and Aftermath: Human Rights in Syria, Libya, and Egypt, A View from the Ground," with Sarah Leah Whitson and Jillian Schwedler

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The uprisings in six countries in the Arab world generated tremendous optimism about a future for the Middle East that would include democratically elected governments committed to respecting the human rights of their citizens. 

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