Upcoming Events

The Alabama State Capital building in Montgomery.

For Freedoms Alabama

Thursday, September 20

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Hill Student Center, Ballrooms C & D

Lucia Hermo, ACLU; Moreen Costello, SPLC; Dr. Hussein Abdul-Latif, Author. Co-sponsored with For Freedom 50 State Coalition.

This panel discussion will highlighting the significance of four important freedoms in today’s world: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This event is part of an initiative by the For Freedoms Federation, a program founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman in 2016 to foster new forms of critical discourse, especially with regard to art, community engagement, and the discussion of civic issues and core values.

People holding hands and encircling a peace sign.

International Peace Day

Friday, Septemeber 21

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
INTO Center Lobby

Celebrate International Peace Day with food, music, and performances from different countries, and create an Origami Peace Tree.

Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham.

Alabama Inclusive, Healthy Communities

Monday, September 24, & Tuesday, September 25

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Monday) & 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday)
UAB Alumni House

Mark Fenton, others TBD. Co-sponsored with Lakeshore Foundation.

This conference will address the fundamentals of walkability and what it takes to create connected, inclusive, and healthy communities that are safe for all ages and abilities. This two-day event will feature renowned walkability expert Mark Fenton along with a walk audit community-level training on day one and state- wide conference on day two.


Cityscape at night.

Human Rights and the City: Shaping Urban Spaces for Access, Inclusion, and Empowerment for All

Friday, September 28

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UAB Heritage Hall 126

Tina Kempin Reuter, Director of Institute for Human Rights
Associate Professor in Department of Political Science and Public Administration and Department of Anthropology. Part of Haddin Arts & Sciences Forum series.

Lunch will be provided.

Sign held by a protestor that reads "Refugees Welcome."

Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis – Part I: Focus on Europe

Monday, October 1

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
UAB Hill Student Center, Ballrooms C & D

TBD. Co-sponsored with the Consulate of Switzerland in Atlanta, Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham Islamic Society, and the Refugee Interest Group.

Screening and discussion of the film “Non-Assistance.” This film focuses on the thousands of refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. It discusses how private citizen became active in the absence of government responses and general indifference. Image by Marco Verch. Image cropped to fit template.

Tarana Burke sitting on stairs.

Lecture Series Presents Tarana Burke: The Power of Me Too

Tuesday, October 9

7:00 p.m.
UAB Alys Stephens Center

Tarana Burke, Founder of Me Too. Co-sponsored with UAB Student Affairs, UAB Wellness Promotion, UAB Title IX Office, and UAB Counseling Services.

Tarana Burke will speak about her journey founding Me Too, which developed into a major movement over the past year.

German flag waving in the wind.

How Germany Has Come to Terms With Its Past

Thursday, October 18

Reception, 5:30 p.m.
Program, 6:00 p.m.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Woolfolk Gallery

Stefan Schlüter, retired German diplomat. Co-sponsored with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Image by  Frisno Boström. Image cropped to fit template. Image available at https://flic.kr/p/6ggZ1p.

Sidewalk Talk

Monday, November 5

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

TBD. Cosponsored with the Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Center.

SidewalkTalk is a community listening project raising awareness for mental health. Image by Frisno Boström. Image cropped to fit template.

The flag of Cameroon.

The Crisis in Cameroon

Thursday, November 8

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
UAB Hill Student Center, Ballrooms C & D

Michael Hoza, U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon, 2014 to 2018. Co-Sponsored with the Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Initiative and the UAB Edge of Chaos.

This event will discuss Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis, which has brought the country to the brink of civil war.

Shadows of people holding hands.

Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis – Part II: Focus on the United States

Monday, November 12

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Birmingham Southern College Norton Theater

April Jackson-McLennan, Attorney, International Immigration Law Office of John Charles Bell; Jessica Vosburgh, Adelante Alabama Worker Center; Sarai Portillo, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Co-sponsored with Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham Islamic Society, and the Refugee Interest Group, Adelante, The Law Office of John Charles Bell, and the Alabama Coalition of Immigrant Justice.

Panelists will address the U.S. response to the refugee and immigrant crisis, including immigration law, detention centers, and human rights violations against immigrants and refugees. Image by Marco Verch. Image cropped to fit template.

Cropped movie poster for Sonita.

Screening of “Sonita”

Tuesday, November 13

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Swiss Consulate, Atlanta.

Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about U.S. $9,000.

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