Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Spring 2022
    • April 13, 2022: Social Justice Café: Racial Disparities in Birth (Drs. Lilanta Joy Bradley & Holy Horan, The University of Alabama)
    • April 13, 2022: The Health Situation, Access, and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Lima, Peru (Speaker, Dr. Tina K. Reuter, Director of UAB Institute for Human Rights)
    • April 7, 2022: Book Discussion: The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree (Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, Author)
    • April 5, 2022: Hideous Spectre: The Past, Present, and Future of Confederate Monuments (Dr. Erin L. Thompson, Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Music and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York (CUNY)
    • March 30, 2022: Social Justice Café: Using Social Media for Human Rights (Dr. Laurel Hitchcock, UAB X)
    • March 24, 2022: The Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon Five Years On: Where Do We Go from Here? (Panelist Discussion)
    • March 23, 2022: My Right to Live: Rights and Reporting in Long-Term Care (Sheree Head, Ombudsman Representative with Jefferson County’s Area Agency on Aging)
    • March 8, 2022: International Women's Day – The Fight for Equality: Diversity Within the Women’s Rights Movement (Dr. Marisa Richmond, Department of History and Women’s & Gender Studies Program at Middle Tennessee State University)
    • March 8, 2022: The Rise of Anti-Semitism in the United States (Dr. Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    • March 3, 2022: The Ukraine Crisis: Implications of Geopolitics and Human Rights (Panel discussion led by Dr. Robert Blanton, Chair of the UAB Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr. Renato Corbetta, Director of the International Studies Program, Dr. George Liber, (Retired) Professor, Department of History, Dr. Peter Verbeek, Director of the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights Program, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Director of Institute for Human Rights, Scotty Colson, Honorary Consul for Ukraine to Alabama).
    • March 2, 2022: Social Justice Café: Women and the Pandemic (Drs. Tina Reuter, Directory of the IHR & Courtney Andrews, IHR Researcher)
    • February 28, 2022: Does Criminal Punishment of Police Contribute or Distract from Societal Reckonings with Racism? (Panel discussion led by Rachel Lopez, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Roxanna Altholz, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, Berkeley Law School, Nikki Grant, Policy Director and Co-Founder, Amistad Law Project, Darryl Heller, Director of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Indiana University South Bend, Helen Mack Chang, President & Founder, Myrna Mack Foundation)
    • February 25, 2022: Visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Panel discussion led by Dr. Martez Files, Credentialed Course Instructor, African American Studies, UAB, Jilisa Milton, State Policy Fellow, Alabama Arise, Mr. Eric Hall, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Birmingham, Mrs. Celida Soto Garcia, Hunger Policy Advocate, Alabama Arise)
    • February 23, 2022: A Conversation with Dr. LaGarrett King, “Historical Memory: Rethinking Black History” (Dr. LaGarett King, Founding Director, CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education)
    • February 22, 2022: 6,000 Waiting: Disability Advocacy in the Deep South (film screen and discussion with representatives of Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program)
    • February 17, 2022: Human Rights & The Smart City (Dr. Tina K. Reuter, Director of UAB’s Institute for Human Rights)
    • February 16, 2022: Social Justice Café: Tales from A Civil Rights Foot Soldier: Health Disparities Then & Now (Mrs. Vera Jenkins Booker, Retired Nurse)
    • February 16, 2022: Climate Smart Agriculture: What Is It and How Does It Impact Our Health? (Dr. Eri Saikawa, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Emory University)
    • February 15, 2022: The Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan (Horia Mosadiq, Afghan Human Rights Activist)
    • February 9, 2022: So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo, Author) - POSTPONED
    • February 2, 2022: Social Justice Café: How Do We Memorialize Human Rights Violations? (Dr. Claire Greenstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & Public Administration)
    • January 27, 2022: Constructive Communication: How to Have Difficult Conversations (Dr. Adam Brooks, Founder of Engineered to Speak & Director of UA’s Speaking Studio)
    • January 25, 2022: “Consumed” The Human Rights Implications of Fashion (Aja Barber, Writer, Author, Stylist and Sustainability Consultant)
    • January 19, 2022: Social Justice Café: Food Insecurity (Lisa Higginbotham, Benevolent Fund & Blazer Kitchen)
  • Fall 2021
    • November 10, 2021: Social Justice Café: Diversity Resistance (Dr. Michelle Allen, UAB Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion)
    • November 4, 2021: Medical Apartheid: An Evening with Harriet Washington (Harriet Washington, Author & Ethicist)
    • November 3, 2021: Public Health from a Disability Perspective (Elizabeth Patton, Disability Rights & Resources)
    • October 27, 2021: Social Justice Café: Humanitarian Intervention (Discussion led by Dr. David Chan, Chair of the UAB Department of Philosophy)
    • October 20, 2021: Sinners, Sorority Girls, Felons & Freedom Fighters: Queer Alabama Stories (Speaker Minnie Bruce Pratt)
    • October 19, 2021: An Evening with Professor Carol Anderson: Framing Inequality Through Race and Policy (Dr. Carol Anderson of Emory University)
    • October 14, 2021: Five Years of Peach in Colombia: What Is the Situation Today? (Speaker: Gimena Sanchez, WOLA – Human Rights Advocacy for Latin America)
    • October 13, 2021: Social Justice Café: Vaccine Mandates & Human Rights (Discussion led by Lister Hill Center Director and Epidemiologist, Dr. Suzanne Judd)
    • October 7, 2021: The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Speaker: Adam Goodman of the University of Illinois at Chicago)
    • September 29, 2021: Social Justice Café: Gun Violence & Human Rights (Discussion led by graduate student Katie White)
    • September 22, 2021: An Evening with Clint Smith (Clint Smith, Author of How the World is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America)
    • September 17, 2021: Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt
    • September 15, 2021: Social Justice Café: Human Rights & Climate Change (Group Discussion)
    • September 9, 2021: The Coming Good Society: Book Talk with Dr. Sushma Raman (Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University)
    • September 1, 2021: Social Justice Café: What’s Happening in Afghanistan? (Group Discussion)
  • Spring 2021
    • June 8: Learning from COVID-19 Experiences: A Webinar from Cuba and Alabama (Paul Erwin, Dean of the UAB Heersink School of Public Health; Bianca Goodwin, UAB Heersink School of Medicine; Alexander Ruiz, Latina American School of Medicine, Havana, Cuba; Dr. Rick Streiffer, Dean of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences; Dr. Marta Gálvez, Plaza Polyclinic, Havana, Cuba; Dr. Bertha Hidalgo, Department of Epidemiology, UAB School of Public Health; Dr. Patricia Alonso, INFOMED, Havana, Cuba)
    • April 7: Uniform Justice? Disciplinary Respectability and What it Teaches (Dr. Tamar Malloy, University of Colorado Boulder)
    • April 1: Screening and Discussion of Hidden Gem (Barbara Fowler, Director)
    • March 30: Human Rights and Refugees in Turkey (Dr. Selcan Kaynak, Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey)
    • March 23: Pursuing Equity with Legislation (Dr. Heather Walter-McCabe, professor at Wayne State University and Neil Rafferty, represents Alabama’s 54th district in state legislature)
    • March 18: An Evening with Alice Walker
    • March 18: Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: The Global Reproductive Rights Movement (Dr. Yashica Robinson, MD, OB/GYN at Alabama Women’s Wellness Center, Robbie Davis-Floyd and Betty Anne Daviss, authors of the new book Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power, and Cristen Pascucci, founder and director of Birth Monopoly)
    • March 16: Social Justice Café: Women in Civil Rights Movement (Endia Harris, IHR Graduate Teaching Assistant)
    • March 3: Celebrating Women's Suffrage: Engagement and Representation in a Comparative Perspective (Dr. Mary Mayenfisch-Tobin, lawyer, mediator, and educator on gender equality and human rights, Dr. Nadia Brown, Associate Professor of Political Science, African-American Studies and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies at Perdue University, Dr. Sarah Liu, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh)
    • March 1: An Evening with Dominque Jackson
    • February 25: Isabel Wilkerson Public Keynote Presentation
    • February 23: Social Justice Café: The Insurrection, Extremism, and What We Can Learn from Transitional Justice (Dr. Jordan Kiper (Anthropology) and Dr. Claire Greenstein (Political Science))
    • February 17: LGBTQ Movement in Palestine (Sa’ed Atshan, author of the new book Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique)
    • February 2: Social Justice Café: Biden's Human Rights Agenda (Dr. Robert Blanton, UAB Department of Political Science and Public Administration)
    • January 26: Critical Conversation: Post-Election America: What's Next for Our Communities? (Panel discussion, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, UAB IHR, Uche Bean, City of Birmingham, Dr. Claire Greenstein, UAB Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Myles Moody, UAB Department of Sociology)
    • January 19: Social Justice Café: Dr. King’s Perception of Equity (Ajanet Rountree, George Mason University)
  • Fall 2020
    • Monday-Thursday all semester: Social Justice Café
    • November 18: What Now? – Moving Forward on Police Reform (Brandon Johnson, City of Birmingham)
    • November 9: Book discussion: The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You by Dina Nayeri, with ALIRP
    • October 26: Human Rights in Times of COVID-19: The Continued Neglect of Migrants in Lesvos, Greece (Polly Pallister Wilkins, University of Amsterdam)
    • October 15: A Conversation with Derecka Purnell, with Lister Hill Center
    • October 6: Voting as a Human Right: What’s at Stake in 2020 (panel discussion: TKR, Dr. Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University), Dr. Rob Blanton (UAB), T. Marie King (Birmingham), Dr. Bobby Lee Harris (Foot soldier))
    • October 5: Shouting Above the Noise: Human Rights in the Age of Social Media (Ronald Niezen, McGill University)
    • October 1: Life After Prison: Insights from the Offender Alumni Association (OAA), with Lister Hill Center
    • September 23: Mass Incarceration: Policy Landscape in Alabama (Katie Glenn, SPLC and Dillon Nettles, ACLU), with Lister Hill Center
    • September 22: Voter Registration, with student clubs
    • September 17: Beyond the Usual Beating: The Jon Burge Police Torture Scandal and Social Movements for Police Accountability in Chicago (Andy Baer, UAB), with ODEI
    • September 10: History of Birmingham (Pamela King, UAB), with Lister Hill Center
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2019
    • April 2: Unequal Burden: Advancing Health Equity Through Environmental, Economic, and Racial Justice, featuring Dr. Robert Bullard of Texas Southern University
    • March 4: Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis – Part 3: What Can We Do?
    • February 21-22: Symposium on Disability Rights
    • February 20: Lecture Series Presents: Symone Sanders
    • February 13: How a Forgotten Man Helped Shove Birmingham Into History: The Story of Charles Billups, featuring Dr. Keith Miller of Arizona State University
    • February 8: Social Spotlight Festival - Gaelynn Lea Concert
  • Fall 2018
    • November 13: Film Screening of "Sonita"
    • November 12: Lecture Series Presents: Derreck Kayongo
    • November 12: Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis - Part II, featuring speakers from Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Adelante Alabama Worker Center, and the International Immigration Law Office of John Charles Bell
    • October 18: Voter Restoration Training
    • October 18: How Germany Has Come to Terms with Its Past
    • October 9: Lecture Series Presents Tarana Burke: The Power of #MeToo
    • October 1: Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis - Part I: Europe; featuring the film Non-Assistance recycle, take it. UAB recycles clean paper/cardboard, clean aluminum cans, and clean #1 plastics. Please recycle best you can, and put other waste in the correct bin.
    • September 28: Human Rights and the City; featuring IHR Director, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter
    • September 24: Alabama Inclusive, Healthy Communities Summit
    • September 21: A Celebration of International Peace Day
    • September 20: For Freedoms Alabama Town Hall; featuring speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the private sector of medicine
    • September 14: Immigrants Rights Symposium; featuring various speakers
    • September 13: A Human Rights Approach to Transgender Issues: the Right to Live Freely, Safely, and Without Fear; a panel discussion featuring Joan Rater and Brianna Patterson
    • August 22: A Conversation on Accessible Housing: The Importance of Independent Living and Visitability in Real Estate, a lecture and discussion by Darrell Christenson and panelists
  • Spring 2018
    • April 12: Social Spotlight Film Series
    • April 3: All In: Inclusivity Fair, featuring various organizations around UAB's campus and Birmingham
    • April 5: Masquerading Politics, featuring Dr. John Thabiti Willis of Carleton College, Dr. Rachel Raimist of UAB, and Dr. DeReef Jamison of UAB
    • April 5: Colombia's Long Search for Peace, featuring Dr. Michael J. LaRosa
    • March 23: Angélique Kidjo Performance
    • March 22: Give Her Wings: Teach Girls and Empower Women, a lecture by singer and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo
    • March 6: Iron Jawed Angels (film screening and discussion)
    • February 28: Where Do We Go from Here? Lessons from the Front Lines of the World's Major Crises, featuring Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA
    • February 22-23: Symposium “Bystanders and Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South,” featuring various speakers and panels
    • February 21: Fearless Heart, Compassionate Mind: The Science Behind Cultivating Compassion, Dr. Thupten Jinpa, translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • January 30: Drop of Life (film screening and discussion), CEO of NGO With my Own Two Hands, Lindsey Plumier
    • January 14-19: Dr. Martin Luther King Week, various speakers
  • Fall 2017

    Summer 2017 IHR at the United Nations in New York City

    The Institute for Human Rights team participated in the 10th Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York City in June 2017. Learn more about the team’s experience on the IHR blog or view pictures of the event.

  • Spring 2017
  • Fall 2016