Fall 2019

November 20, 2019
Human Rights EducationAdvancing a Human Rights Culture
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit human rights advocacy organization, runs a program that brings human rights education to the classrooms of students around the world. This program is known as Speak Truth To Power, and has provided resources for millions of students who otherwise may not have received any kind of human rights-related education. Karen Robinson, Program Director of this initiative, was invited to John Jay College to hold an in-depth discussion with students and faculty on human rights education and explain what Speak Truth To Power is accomplishing through its work. The event was moderated by Prof. Gohar Petrossian, member of CIHR’s Advisory Board.


December 9, 2019
Challenges to Human Rights Advocacy in the Era of Rising Authoritarianism
On the 71st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) invited three guests with expertise in various regions of the world to discuss the global trend in the rise of authoritarianism. Elise Keppler, Associate Director at Human Rights Watch, Jackie Mariano, Coordinator of ICHRP - New York City, and Dr. Maria Luisa Mendonca, a CUNY Research Scholar and Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee member, each explored the current political situations in the Republic of Guinea, the Philippines, and Brazil, respectively. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof. George Andreopoulos, CIHR Director.


Spring 2019

April 17th
Laws and Orders in Turkey & the Recent Rupture

Dr. Aysen Candas held an open forum to discuss the current political situation in Turkey. Dr. Candas holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. She is a full-time faculty member in Boğaziçi University's Political Science and International Relations Department. Dr. Candas is also affiliated with Boğaziçi University's European School of Politics, Social Policy Forum, and various civil society organizatrions in Turkey. She has conducted research and published various articles on the trajectory of basic rights and democracy in Turkey, the impact of new laws and policies on equality and the liberties of various groups, shifts in the aims of social policy in Turkey, and the rights of women, as well as sexual, ethnic, and religious minorities of Turkey.

March 13th
Deaths, Democracy, and Human Rights Under Duterte's Philippines

Cristina Palabay, Secretary General of KARAPATAN, and Nerve V. Macaspac, Assistant Professor of Geography at the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs, CUNY College of Staten Island, addressed the deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines and answered questions during an open forum held at John Jay College.





Fall 2018

December 10th
Forced Displacement: Protection Gaps & Challenges
To honor the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Center of International Human Rights invited Rawan Arar, Ph.D. and Edward Flynn as guest speakers to discuss protection gaps and challenges of refugees. 


March 8th
Women in STEM, 
March 8th, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Moot Court 6.68

April 12th
The Rohingya Crisis: Issues and Responses,
 April 12th, 2018 from 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Room 630 Harren Hall

April 26th
The Ovaherero and Nama Genocide,
 April 26th, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Room 630 Harren Hall

May 2nd
Censorship in Schools,
May 2nd, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Room L. 61