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Deadly Medicine:  Creating the Master Race Visit the exhibition:
February 3 - April 13, 2012

University of Michigan
Taubman Health Sciences Library - 4th Floor
1135 E. Catherine St.
Ann Arbor, MI
For questions call 734.936.1394
Click here to see Poster The Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Center for the History of Medicine announce the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. The exhibition illustrates how Nazi leadership enlisted people in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good to legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately genocide.


CICS Announces Speaker for Graduation Ceremony on Friday, April 27
Askwith Auditorium, Lorch Hall
611 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220

Our graduation speaker will be
Ambassador Richard A. Boucher.  
He is Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).   
Ambassador Boucher, a U.S. national, is a senior foreign policy executive who has managed world-wide teams, programs and strategies and brings extensive experience in emerging economies.  Over his 30-year career in foreign policy, he has consistently had challenging assignments and achieved the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service.

He holds a BA in French and English Literature from Tufts University and continued studies in International Economics at George Washington University.


Law and Human Rights in Global History

March 30-31, 2012 at the Michigan League

The twenty-first century has seen increased concern for human rights and anguished debates about what laws should be applied in what ways to protect those rights.  This conference will examine how global historical approaches can deepen understanding of the issues of human rights, how conceptions of human rights spread and are resisted, and the effects of treating these issues as matters of law.

             Experts from different disciplines will address significant issues in legal approaches to human rights and suggest directions for future research: Law is not always on the side of human rights—as shown in the first session, on slavery and human rights. The meaning of human rights shifts in times of crisis—as revealed in the second session on refugees. International courts can be awkward instruments—as explored in the third session.

            The very history of human rights is controversial—what are its origins?, is it a Western imposition?, how should this history be studied? Two special lectures will treat these issues. The approach of global history raises questions about how and why the concept has spread—which is the topic of the fourth session—and about the cultural complexity of human rights, which is the topic of the final session. In addition two leading experts discuss their experience of the uses of law and of history with regard to human rights in talks open to the public following dinners on Friday and Saturday evening.

View Panels and Speakers Here

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HR Donia

Sponsored by the 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
Weiser Centers
Institute for the Humanities
Law School
Law in Slavery and Freedom Project

Organizers: Professors Raymond Grew and Robert Donia





Winter 2012 CICS International Security & Development Fellow Lecture

Brian Min
2012 CICS International Security and Development Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science
will present a public lecture on

Energy Politics and What it Means for the Climate

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 2pm
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League

Much of the current debate on climate change policy has focused on whether China, India, and other developing countries should agree to caps on greenhouse gas emissions. Yet countries differ profoundly in their political systems, and politics shapes the way supply and demand for energy are mediated between citizens, industry, and other groups. Using a variety of data including satellite imagery of the earth at night, I show that elections have a profound effect on how energy is distributed and to whom. The results suggest a need to incorporate improved political analysis in our models of how countries will pursue their energy needs. 

Click here to see Poster


Arctic Internship Information Session
Monday, February 13, 2012  2pm
International Institute – Room 1644

For all U-M undergraduate students interested in applying for summer internships in the Arctic region.


Winter 2012 CICS Human Rights Fellow Lecture

Christi Merrill
2012 CICS Human Rights Fellow
and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Languages and Cultures
will present a public lecture on

Translating Dalit Testimony:
Negotiating Rights Across Languages

Friday, February 3, 2012, 2pm
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League

The talk will compare two first-person narratives translated from Hindi that offer protests against entrenched systems of caste-based discrimination. Both contain scenes of violence based on real-life experience, but one is labeled a short story and the other an autobiography. How do our expectations as English-language readers shape our moral assessment of their stories? More generally, how do  purportedly universal notions such as “truth”, “justice” and “rights” translate?

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II Collaborations

Theme Semester: Winter 2011
Connections, Communities, Crises


Lecture Series: Winter 2011
The Connecting Sea: Charting the 
Mediterranean across the Disciplines


Fortress Europe: Pushing Back Unwanted Migrants

A lecture by Marco Jacquemet, University of San Francisco

April 07, 2011
4pm - 5:30, 1636 International Institute/SSWB
1080 S. University

In this lecture, Marco Jacquemet (NEH Chair, Communication Studies, University of San Francisco) tells the stories of North African fishermen, Italian and Maltese officers, Turkish sailors, and undocumented migrants as they meet in the middle of the Mediterranean. In this sea, the multiple languages of travelers clash with the communicative technologies set up by the European Union to monitor and intercept migrants—with dire consequences for the people caught in the middle. 

This lecture, co-sponsored by CICS, is part of a series:
The Connecting Sea: Charting the Mediterranean Across the Disciplines


Spring 2011 CICS Fellow Lectures !

Anne Pitcher (Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at U-M and CICS International Security and Development Fellow)  

Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Michigan League – Michigan Room — 2:30-4:30 pm

Sueann Caulfield (Associate Professor of History and the Residential College & CICS Human Rights Fellow)

Human Rights & Family Rights
of Same-Sex Couples in Brazil

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Michigan League –Kalamazoo Room — 2:30-4:30 pm

CICS & the International Studies Student Advisory Board Present
A CICS Student-Run Conference:

Heat Wave:
A Human-Centered Approach to Climate Change

Friday, February 11, 2011 
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Speakers will include:

Perry Samson, Associate Chair, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, U-M

Forecast: Warmer with an Increased Chance of Drought and Floods

Brian Min, Professor, Department of Political Science, U-M

The Politics of Energy Demand

Thomas Gladwin, Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, School of Natural Resources & Environment and Ross School of Business, U-M

Climate and Business Futures

Jiaguo Qi, Director of Center for Global Change
and Earth Observations, Professor of Geography,
Michigan State University

Assessing Climate Impacts on Carbon Sequestration
of Agricultural Systems with Observations
and Biogeochemical Models



Friday, October 29, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm
International Institute

A Half Century of Area Studies at U-M

Rethinking Area Studies in the U.S. Academy

The symposium addresses the future of area studies in the U.S. academy and will feature five leading scholars from across the nation and prominent U-M faculty.
Sponsored by the University of Michigan International Institute and its centers.

Featured speakers include:

• Gil Merkx, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Duke University
• Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii
• Kevin O’Brien, Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley
• Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
• Michael Kennedy, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University


José Zalaquett
International Human Rights Lawyer

Professor, University of Chile School of Law Will present a public lecture on Moral and Political Reconstruction in Post-conflict Societies Friday, October 1, 1pm Ford School of Public Policy
Annenberg Auditorium (Weill Hall)   José Zalaquett is one of Latin America's leading authorities on human rights.  He is an international human rights lawyer,  Professor at the University of Chile School of Law, and co-Director of its Human Rights Center.  He will speak about accountability for human rights abuses, drawing significantly on his own experiences
in a wide range of countries, including Chile.

After the 1973 coup d'état in Chile, José Zalaquett headed the Human Rights Department of the Committee for Peace, later known as the Vicaría de la Solidaridad, a church-sponsored organization that provided legal assistance to thousands of political prisoners and their families in Chile.  For this work he was imprisoned and expelled from Chile in 1976.  During his ten years of exile, he was involved with Amnesty International, including serving as Chairman of the International Executive Committee. 

José Zalaquett has conducted human rights missions in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, and advised various governments, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations on human rights and legal issues. 

Since 1984 he has worked on truth and justice commissions and in situations of political transition in Argentina (1984), Uruguay (1985), the Philippines (1987), Uganda (1987), El Salvador (1993), South Africa (1994 through 2003), Guatemala (1996), Yugoslavia (2000), Peru (2001-2003), Paraguay (2004), and Morocco (2009).  In 1990 he was appointed by the President of Chile to serve on the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation, a body charged with preparing a report about the human rights abuses committed during the Pinochet regime (1973-1990).

José Zalaquett has received honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame and the City University of New York, the National Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences (Chile, 2003), the MacArthur Foundation Award (1990-95), the UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights (1994), the medal “Hero of Peace,” bestowed by the Chilean President of the Republic (2006), and the Kellogg Institute Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America (2009).

This lecture is free and open to the public

Sponsored by:
 The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy,
The International Policy Center (IPC), and the
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)


CICS Human Rights Lecture Series Fall 2010

 Jared Genser
Human Rights Attorney

Advocates for Freedom:
Developing a New Model to Free Prisoners of Conscience

Friday, October  8 -  Noon

Michigan League – Kalamazoo Room

Jared Genser will discuss his work to free prisoners of conscience, including describing and explaining his approach and using a number of case study examples to illustrate both the power and importance of the work. 

Jared Genser co-founded Freedom Now, a nonprofit organization that works to secure the release of international "prisoners of conscience." He is a partner at DLA Piper, where he specializes in public international law and human rights cases. He was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize, which recognizes young Jewish humanitarians involved in values-inspired work.

 Free and Open to the Public


Corporate Social Responsibility
in a Globalizing World

September 10-11, 2010

Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave, Rm R0230
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Friday, Sept 10 – 9:30-11:30am
The Past, Present, and Future of Global CSR 
John W. Meyer, Peter Utting, Daniel Kinderman, Sandra Waddock, Jonas Haertle

Global CSR Frameworks 1:30-3:30pm
Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Alwyn Lim, Maureen A. Kilgour, Virginia Haufler, Christopher Marquis, James P. Walsh

CSR and Social Movements 3:45-5:4pm
Sarah A. Soule, Brayden Kind, Klaus Weber, Thomas P. Lyon, Gerald F. Davis

Saturday, Sept 11 - 9:30-11am
Global CSR Frameworks in Japan
Satoshi Miura, Kaoru Kurusu, Emi Sugawara, Shin Furuya

CSR Dynamics in the U.S. 12:45-2:45pm
Edward T. Walker, Ion Bogdan Vasi, David Hess, Mark S. Mizrushi, Marina Whitman

For more information see
or contact Alwyn Lim (

Organized by Kiyoteru Tsutsui (Dept of Sociology)
Sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the Center for Japanese Studies, ICOS, the Dept of Sociology, and the Ross School of Business



Distinguished Human Rights Lecture Series

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

John Hagan
Northwestern University

Thursday, April 1 -1:30-3pm

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.



Distinguished Human Rights Lecture Series

Localizing International Human Rights Laws

Judith Blau
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Friday, March 12

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.


CICS International Security & Development Fellow Lecture

Evelyn Alsultany
Assistant Professor of American Culture U-M

Thursday, January 21
Michigan Union - Pond Room 3-4:30 pm

From Arab Terrorists to Patriotic Arab Americans: Representational Strategies in Post-9/11 TV Dramas


CICS Human Rights Fellow Lecture
Wednesday, December 2, 3pm

Michigan Union - Kuenzel Room

Kiyoteru Tsutsui
CICS Human Rights Fellow
Assistant Professor of Sociology U-M

Global Human Rights and Local Politics:
Cross-National Trends and Minority Social Movements
in Japan

Professor Tsutsui will discuss how global human rights ideas and instruments have expanded in the last several decades and impacted local politics across the globe. He will examine global trends in human rights politics and presents case studies on how global human rights have impacted minority social movements in Japan.


Launch of the International Studies concentration
Tuesday, October 13

International Institute Room 1636   4pm

Roundtable Discussion
and Reception to follow


Noon Lecture
Friday, September 18, 2009

Criminal Justice or Charade? 
The Khmer Rouge Tribunal

John Ciorciari, Ford School of Public Policy

1636 SSWB/International Institute
Duch, former chief of the Khmer Rouge internal security center at Tuol Sleng on trial today.
Source: Documentation Center of Cambodia /VOA Khmer

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 Studiesand co-sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Studies


2009 Human Rights Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities

Mark Vlasic
 Friday, September 25, 2009- Noon

Michigan Union - Room 2105B
530 S. State St.

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.

Kira Kay
 Friday, October 16, 2009-

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.  


Junaid Rana

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

Tues, Oct 27 - 3pm
Sovereign Practices in the Age of Terror

3512 Haven Hall


Film Screenings:
International Institute Room 1636

Tues. Sept 15 - 2:30 and 4:30pm

Tues Sept 29 - 2:30 and 4:30pm

Tues, Oct 6 - 2:30 and 4:40pm





LIONESS, a feature documentary by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, tells the story of the first group of female Army support soldiers – mechanics, clerks and engineers – to serve as Lioness.  While deployed in Iraq from 2003-2004, these young woman ended up in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.  Yet they are rarely – if ever – mentioned in news stories.  LIONESS makes public, for the first time, their hidden history.

Tuesday, APRIL 7 - 5:45pm Film - LIONESS;
discussion with the filmmaker to follow
Reception at 5pm in lobby

sponsored by CICS, the Institute for the Humanities, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and Women's Studies




Andrew Herscher

A Humanity without Humans:
On Architecture and Human Rights

March 18, 2pm

Michigan League
Vandenberg Room


Rackham Distinguished Human Rights Lecture Series

Elizabeth Goldberg
Babson College

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

Friday Feb 13, noon
Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer, Rm 2022


Ellen Moodie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Critical Code-switching of Violence in Postwar El Salvador

Friday, Jan 30, noon
Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer, Rm 2022



Thursday, January 22, 2009, 2:30pm

James Morrow
U-M Political Science

Security Challenges Facing the U.S.
Michigan League, Vandenberg Rm


Center for European Studies & European Union Center
End-of-Semester Luncheon (co-sponsored by CICS)

December 10, 2008
12:00PM - 1:30PM, 
International Institute, Room 1644

The World of the Roma: A Minority One and Many in the New Europe

Conveners: Dario Gaggio and Alaina Lemon
Contact Information
Natasa Ajbegovic, CES-EUC
(734) 647-2743


FALL 2008 EVENTS Rackham Distinguished Human Rights Lecture Series

Allen Feldman, NYU

Animality and the Inhumanization of Sovereignty

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer NOON


-November 21-Daniel Herwitz, U-M

African Renaissance and Human Rights:
Thabo Mbeki’s Certainty

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S Thayer NOON


-September 30-CICS Human Rights Fellow Lecture

Susan Waltz, Ford School of Public Policy

When Does A Problem Become a Human Rights Issue? 
Personal Reflections on the Evolution of the Human Rights Movement

Michigan Union - Vandenberg Room, 3-5pm
Reception to follow


Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu
18th University of Michigan Wallenberg Lecture
Wednesday, Oct 29, 7:30 p.m. Hill Auditorium

The first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town,
Tutu rose to international fame during the 1980s as a deeply
committed advocate of nonviolent resistance to apartheid.
His opposition was vigorous and unequivocal. Tutu was outspoken
in both South Africa and abroad, often comparing apartheid to
Nazism and Communism. His passport was twice revoked and
he was jailed in 1980 after taking part in a protest. It was widely
understood that Tutu’s growing international fame shielded him
from harsher punishments.

Today Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, is
widely regarded as South Africa’s moral conscience.  He continues
to speak out passionately and courageously around the world on
behalf of human rights. “When we look around us at some of the
conflict areas of the world,” says Tutu, “it becomes increasingly
clear that there is not much of a future for them without forgiveness,
without reconciliation.”

For more information, please visit the website at <>  


Bonie Meguid, U of Rochester, Friday, Nov 7, 12-1:30

Institutional Change as Strategy:
The Role of Decentralization in Party Competition

David Samuels, U. Minnesota
Inequality and Democratization

Bob Kauffman, Rutgers, Friday Dec 5, 12-1:30
The Political Effects of Inequality in Latin America

Eldersveld Rm, 5th floor Haven Hall

Open to the Public


Dr. Pedro A. Sanchez

The African Green Revolution Moves Forward

Thursday, Nov 6, 2008
11:30 am - 1pm
School of Public Health 1, Rm 3755
Pedro Sanchez is Director of Tropical Agriculture and Senior
Research Scholar and Director of the Millenium Villages Project
at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in NYC. He was named
a MacArthur Fellow in 2003 and received the World Food Prize in 2002.
His talk is sponsored by: Ctr for Social epidemiology and
Population Health; African Development & Human Security
Project; CAAS, and CICS.


International Security & Development Lecture

David Winter

U-M Professor of Psychology

Taming Power: Should We?  Can We?  How?

March 11, 2008
3-4pm Reception to follow
Michigan Union Kuenzel Room

Abstract: Power is a necessary dimension of all human enterprises. It can
inspire and illuminate, but it can also corrupt, oppress, and destroy. 
Taming power has been a central moral and political question for
most of human history.  Writers, theorists, and researchers have
suggested many methods and mechanisms for taming power:
through affiliation and love, intellect and reason, responsibility,
religion and values, democratic political structures, and separation
of powers.  Historical examples and social science research suggest
that each has some success, but also that each is vulnerable to being
hijacked by power itself. This talk will explore new concepts that might
help to secure the benefits of power while protecting against its outrages and excesses.


Rackham Distinguished Human Rights Lecture Series

March 14, 2008
Meg McLagan
Independent filmmaker

Human Rights, Long Form Documentary, and the
Practice of 'Filmanthropy

April 4 , 2008 - Rescheduled
Wendy Hesford
, Department of English, Ohio State University

Vulnerable Agents: Human Rights Through Children's Eyes


January 11, 2008

Leigh Payne
, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin

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


Friday, Novermber 30, 2007

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

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


International Conference on HIV/AIDS
November 29-30, Michigan Union
Appraisal and Action: HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa


Friday, November 9, 2007

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

Human Rights In Camera


Human Rights Fellow Lecture
Tuesday, October 23, 3-4:30
Reception to Follow

Jana von Stein
Assistant Professor of Political Science, UM

Origins and Effects of International Human Rights Law

Anderson Room, Michigan Union


Friday, September 14, 2007

J Christopher McCrudden
Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Evidence in Human Rights Discourse: Legal Perspectives


2007 Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights
Sponsored by Institute for the Humanities and CICS

Venue: Institute for the Humanities
202 S. Thayer

Friday, April 13
, Noon, 202 S. Thayer, Room 2022

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

The Myth of the International Community


CICS Spring Human Rights Lecture

Erik Voeten
Thursday, April 5, 2:30pm
Room 2609 International Institute

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

Erik Voeten is Assistant Professor of Political Science
at George Washington University  

An associated paper is posted to:


Friday, March 9
Noon, 202 S. Thayer, Room 2022

Nick Rine

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

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


Mother & Son by Joan Kadri Zald

2007 ConferenceFebruary 5-6, 2007

Poorest of the Poor

The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities
and the Center for International and Comparative Studies
present a conference to consider the "poorest of the poor"
from the perspectives of philosophy, business, public health,
public policy, population studies, and higher education.

Click here for conference details


2007 Human Rights Fellow Lecture
February 20, 2007
4pm International Institute Room 1636

Andrea Smith

Indigenous Human Rights Organizing
and Boarding School Reparations

co-sponsored by Institute for the Humanities and CICS

Routes Into the Diaspora

November 6-7, 2006
A conference to explore citizens at risk from
a global and comparative perspective. Featuring the premiere of
Koryo Saram The Unreliable People, a documentary film about
Koreans in Kazakhstan.

Co-sponsored by Insitute for the Humanities,
Korean Studies Program, and CICS

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Monday, November 6

Film: Koryo Saram
The Unreliable People
5:00 PM  Michigan Theatre (57 minutes)
Director: Y. David Chung
Executive Producer: Meredith Jung-En Woo
Director of Photography and Editor: Matt Dibble

Welcoming Remarks: Terrence J. McDonald, Dean, College of
Literature , Science and the Arts

Followed by a public conversation with Meredith Jung-En Woo,
Professor of Political Science and David Chung,
School of Art and Design
Koryo Saram
received generous support from:

University of Michigan:
Center for Chinese Studies
Center for International & Comparative Studies
Center for Japanese Studies
Institute for the Humanities
Korean Studies Program
The Office of the Vice President for Research
School of Art & Design

The Nam Family Foundation
Douglas and Sabrina Gross
The Overseas Korean Foundation
The Steven S. Kang Young Artists & Scholars Fund
The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies,
The School of Advanced International Studies

November 7, three panels at Palmer Commons

- The Unreliable People:
The Korean Diaspora in the Former Soviet Union

- Diaspora and its Discontents:
The Place of Race and Gender in Debates on Immigration in Europe

- Trafficking in Persons
All events free and open to the public
Click Here for Full Conference Program

Closing Reception
Institute for the Humanities
Osterman Common Room, Rm 1022
202 South Thayer Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan



Exhibition of Text and Photographs
Images and Histories from post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia -
Year Zero to 2006

Seng Sary Emma Nolan-Abrahamian, Photographs
Lara Finkbeiner, Text September 28 - October 9, 2006
International Institute Gallery
First Floor, School of Social Work

Opening Presentation and Reception:
Thursday, September 28, 2006 7pm
1636 SSWB
Sponsors: International Institute; Center for Souteast Asian Studies;
Center for International & Comparative Studies; Ginsberg Center


Academy Award Nominated
Documentary Film "Darwin's Nightmare"
by Hubert Sauper

Tuesday, September 19th
School of Natural Resources and Environment -
Dana Building Room 1040 (1st floor auditorium)
Click here for film details


2006-07 Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights

Friday, September 22, 2006, 12-1:30pm

Michael H. Posner, President, Human Rights First

"Human Rights in the Post 9/11 Environment"


NOTE: Thomas Cushman Lecture has been postponed until April.
Details to be announced.

Thomas Cushman, Dept. of Sociology, Wellesley College
and founding editor, The Journal of Human Rights
"The Myth of the International Community"


Friday, November 10 - Noon

Susan Waltz
Gerald Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Human Rights and Small Arms Trade:
Contradictions in U.S. Foreign Policy


Friday, December 8 - Noon Beth Simmons
Department of Government
Harvard University
Complying with the Law:
The Case of International Human Rights Treaties

Wednesday, September 27, 2006    

Film: Lost Boys of Sudan
The University of Michigan Law School is sponsoring a screening
of this award-winning documentary which traces the paths of two
Sudanese refugees as they travel from a refugee camp in Kenya
to the safety of the United States. 
The film provides a fascinating look into the horrors of civil war,
the dangers of living in a refugee camp and the challenges
asylum seekers face when embarking on a new life in America.

Location: Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Time: 5:00pm
The event is Free or by Donation to support the U.S. Committee
for Refugees and Immigrants. The event will be followed by a
question and answer session with director Megan Mylan and
University of Michigan Law School Professor James Hathaway.
For additional information about the film visit please visit


Peace Corps Open House
Sunday, April 30 2-5 pm

Arab American National Museum - Dearborn
13624 Michigan Avenue

The Peace Corps, the National Peace Corps Association, and the
Southeast Michigan Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will host an
open house to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Peace Corps.

The open house will include:
Peace Corps Recruiter Chat Workshop

Becoming a Peace Corps volunteer - information about application,
eligibility, and benefits

Continuing Service Panel
Returned Peace Corps volunteers discuss continued service after
returning from the Peace Corps

Beyond Hong Kong: Making Trade Work for Development
A Collaborative Campaign with NPCA and Oxfam America

Presentation by Henry McCoy
Regional Director of Peace Corps Africa Division
Opportunity to tour the museum

Last day of Kahlil Gibran exhibit
Pre-register at:
Program includes refreshments and activities for children.


Eric Ketelaar Monday, April 17
4-5:30 p.m.
Ehrlicher Room, 411 West Hall
School of Information
The School of Information will host a talk by Eric Ketelaar on the
activities and records of the United Nations International Criminal
Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He is a professor of
archivistics in the Department of Media Studies (Faculty of Humanities)
at the University of Amsterdam and an honorary professor at
Monash University , Melbourne (Faculty of Information Technology).
Ketelaar will describe his role in advising the UN on the disposition
of its paper, electronic, and audiovisual records related to the ICTY.
The ICTY was established in 1993 by the UN Security Council to
prosecute persons responsible for serious violations of international
humanitarian law committed in the former Yugoslavia since 1991.
It is expected to complete its work in 2010. The tribunal's records
do not contain "the truth," Ketelaar says.  Rather, they describe,
what the recorder believed or construed to be the truth. "Moreover,
any trial focuses on the individual or individuals who have been
indicted, on their accountability for crimes committed by them or
because of them. A court's purpose is not to give a comprehensive
historical account of the events at large," Ketelaar says. "In the
long run, however, preserving and accessing the records of the
ICTY, and weaving them into private and public memories, might
constitute a healing ritual. Archives are spaces of memory-practice,
where people's experiences can be transformed into meaning.
Archives are a place of shared custody and trust. ICTY's archives
constitute a 'joint heritage,' shared by a number of 'communities
of records.'" The lecture is free and open to everyone.



Human Rights Friday Seminar Series

Rackham Distinguished Human RightSeminar

A Friday afternoon seminar series featuring the human rights-related
research of visiting and U-M scholars. The series is co-sponsored by
CICS and the Institute for the Humanities.

April 7-Liisa Malkki
Associate Professor of Cultural & Social Anthropology, Stanford University

West Hall 4pm

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

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

The Center for Social Epidemiology & Population Health and
The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program
Health Effects of Civil Rights Mini-Symposium

The Health Effects of Civil Rights Legislation

presented by Kenneth Chay
Lifting Gates - Lengthening Lives:
Did Civil Rights Policies Improve the Health
of African-American Women in the 1960s and 1970s?
presented by George Kaplan, Sarah Burgard, and Nalini Ranjit
Thurs, March 23, 2006 - 4:30-6:30 pm
CSEPH - 1214 South University, 2nd Floor Room 259

About the speakers

Space is limited, please RSVP to
U-M Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)

March 14-29, 2006
Duderstadt Center Gallery, North Campus

Opening Reception 5:30pm - 8pm March 14
Reception will honor
PCAP founder Buzz Alexander, U-M's Thurnau Professor of English.
Alexander was recently named the 2005 Professor of the Year by
the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The reception
will feature speakers including artists from previous exhibitions,
now home from prison, and Herschell Turner, an art instructor at
the Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility.
Free and open to the public

Click here for more information

Ethics in Public Life Forum
What Limits Should There Be on American Intelligence-Gathering
(Domestic and Foreign) During an Age of International Terrorism?

Congressman Joe Schwarz will speak followed by comments from
Professor Ken Lieberthal and Professor Daniel Halberstam.
Questions from the audience will then be encouraged. 
Monday, March 13, 2006 7-9 PM - Pendleton Room Michigan Union
Refreshments Provided!

Human Rights Conference
The Right to Health: Prospects and Approaches

Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2006
Michigan League, Vandenberg Room

The Right to Health: Prospects and Approaches, will take a
comprehensive view of health as a human right, with perspectives
from medicine and public health, law and public policy, and economics.
The discourse seeks to bridge the gap between both international
and localized initiatives, and between faculty and students. Lectures
and panels will address the ability of the UN Millennium Project to
guarantee the human right to health, particularly maternal and
child health and access to essential medicines; the effectiveness
of microfinance in relieving poverty; upholding the health rights
of refugees, internally displaced persons, and inhabitatants of
conflict zones; and the legal enforceability of economic, social,
and cultural human rights.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities , the
Center for International and Comparative Studies
, the
School of Public Health
, and the Michigan Student Assembly .
Special thanks to the Center for International and Comparative Law , a
nd the LSA Honors Program .

Human Rights Friday Seminar Series
Rackham Distinguished Faculty/Graduate Seminar
A Friday afternoon seminar series featuring the human rights related
research of visiting and U-M scholars. The series is co-sponsored by CICS
and the Institute for the Humanities.

January 27, 2006-Andrea Smith
Assistant Professor of American Culture & Women's Studies, University of Michigan
International Institute Room 1644 1:30pm
Women of Color and Human Rights Organizing

February 10, 2006-Thomas Keenan
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College
International Institute Room 2609 1:30pm
'Where are Human Rights...?': Terrorism, Human Rights, and New Media

March 10, 2006-Margaret Somers
Professor of Sociology & History, University of Michigan
International Institute Room 2609 1:30pm
Citizenship, Statelessness, and Social Exclusion: Arendtian Lessons on Losing the Right to Have Rights

Human Rights Lecture

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

Thursday, February 2, 2:30pm
International Institute Room 2609

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

The title of the lecture is also the title of his forthcoming book
(Princeton University Press) co-authored by social psychologist
Clark McCauley. The book is about why genocidal massacres are
much more common than most people assume, how societies in the
past have devised ways of managing violent conflict so that mass
murder is not even more common, and what might be learned for
present policy in order to minimize the probabilities of such disasters
Sponsored by the Korean Studies Program (KSP) and the Center for
International & Comparative Studies(CICS).

Human Rights Lecture

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

Friday, February 3, 4pm
418 West Hall
free and open to the publicRace,
Ethnicity and Genodicde at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Rackham Distinguished Faculty/Graduate Seminar
International Perspectives on Human Rights
Anthropology "Government and Humanity" colloquium

Human Rights Lecture
Human Rights Fellow 2005-2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 4:30 pm
International Institute, Room 1636
School of Social Work Building

Carol Jacobsen

Representing Human Rights:
Women's Criminalization and Torture Carol Jacobsen is
an award winning social documentary artist whose works in video
and photography address human and civil rights issues of women's
criminalization and censorship. Her work has been exhibited and
screened worldwide.

This event is co-sponsored by The Center for International &
Comparative Studies (CICS) and the Institute for the Humanities.

2005 Events

Friday, September 16, 2005, 1:30pm
International Institute Room 1644
"The Role of Human Rights Law during Military Occupations"
Steven Ratner, Law School
Friday, September 30, 2005, 1:30pm
Institute for the Humanities
Osterman Common Room, 0520 Rackham
915 E. Washington Street

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

Michel Agier, Visiting Professor
Board Member, Medecins sans Frontières

Directeur d'Études, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Friday, November 11, 2005, 1:30pm
International Institute Room 1644

"Human Rights, Inc.: Literature and the Legibility of International Law"

Joseph Slaughter, Department of English and Comparative Literature,
Columbia University

October 1-31, 2005
Book Exhibit
"The Impact of War and its Aftermath on Publishing in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
Open during library hours, Hatcher Library, North Lobby, 920 N. University Ave.
This exhibit explores publishing in Bosnia and Herzegovina before, during, and
after the Balkan wars of the 1990s.October 10, 2005

"The War Crimes Tribunals for Yugoslavia: Are Trials after Atrocities Effective?"
Bob Donia and Steven Ratner
12:30 PM, Osterman Common Room, Rackham Building (rm 0454)October 11, 2005

Paul Rusesabagina
15 th Annual Wallenberg Lecture
7:30 pm, Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness,
one man made a promise to protect the family he loved - and ended
up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Hotel Rwanda,
nominated for three Academy Awards, tells the inspiring story this
year's Wallenberg Lecturer and Medalist, real-life hero Paul
Rusesabagina. Mr. Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda,
used his courage to shelter over a thousand refugees from
certain death.
Mr. Rusesabagina continues to aid survivors of the Rwandan tragedy.
For further information, please contact Lynne Shivers at (734) 647-2644.


October 17 - November 30, 2005
Photo Exhibit
"Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace"
8-5 Monday-Friday, International Institute Gallery
1080 S. University
This exhibit of photos by documentary and editorial photographer
Sara Terry explores the human costs and consequences of war-not
on the battlefield, but in its aftermath, which is where the painful
work of true peacemaking begins.


October 25, 2005
*Special Human Rights Public Lecture*
"Representations of Violence and Narratives of Refugees"
Michel Agier, Visiting Professor
Board Member, Medecins sans Frontières

Directeur d'Études, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

5:00 pm, 1636 SSWB
International Institute
1080 S. University

October 26, 2005
CREES Brown Bag Lecture
"Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace
Sara Terry

12:00 pm, 1636 SSWB
Sarah Terry is a photographer and writer whose work focuses on
social justice issues. This lecture accompanies her photo exhibit
"Aftermath..." on display at the International Institute Gallery,

Oct 17-Nov 30.October 29, 2005
"Reintegrating Bosnia: Ten Years after the Dayton Agreement"
An International Conference
9:00 am 1636 SSWB, 1080 S. University Ave.
Conference panels will include "Rebuilding Communities",
"Rebuilding a Common State and Economy" and "Bosnia's Place in Europe".
Srdjan Dizdarevic will deliver the keynote address:
"Ten Yers of Striving for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
For full conference details, click here.

October 31, 2005
"Anti-Terrorism and the State of Human Rights:
A Global Perspective"
Srdjan Dizdarevic President, Helsinki Committee for
Human Rights in Bosnia and Heregovina

12:00 PM, Osterman Common Room, Rackham Building (rm 0454)

Friday, November 10, 2005 4:30pm
"Human Rights and Politics: An Asian Perspective"
A Lecture by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Distinguished Visiting Professor,
Georgetown University
Rackham Ampitheater

Sponsored by the International Institute
Institute for the Humanities
University of Michigan Law School
Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy


Thursday, February 10, 2005
Javed Nazir, Human Rights Fellow
Inaugural Human Rights Lecture
Human Rights: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism

Mr. Nazir is a former editor of the Frontier Post, an independent
English-language newspaper in Pakistan. He has spent 25 years
in journalism in South Asia, and he has written mostly on politics
and social issues. In recent years, radicalization of religion, and
its impact on societies in South Asia and Afghanistan, has been
the major focus of his research efforts.