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April 2014

An evening of events related to Rwanda including screening of "Finding Hillywood"

Wednesday April 23, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 pm
UW Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theater | 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the following units at the UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies: Center for Human Rights, African Studies, Center for Global Studies


On April 23, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab and FIUTS are presenting an evening of films related to Rwanda. 

The program will be:

Transitional Justice in Rwanda
A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, followed by video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Finding Hillywood
A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda's film industry, and a real life example of how art heals.

A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood

Co-sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Center for Global Studies
Center for Human Rights
Information School
School of Law
Value Sensitive Design Research Lab

More info at: www.fiuts.org


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Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals.

Tuesday April 29, 2014
4:00 pm
Communications 202 (Simpson Center Seminar Rroom), UW Seattle

Contact: Simpson Center - uwch@uw.edu

Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals.

HI-NORM New Book Event. 4 pm on Tuesday April 29, 2014 in Simpson Center Seminar Room (CMU 202).

This is a celebration of the publication in April 2014 of a new collection of essays edited by Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (University of Frankfurt) Amos Nascimento (UW-Tacoma) by Ashgate. Four of the authors will be present to discuss their contributions: Professor Andreas Niederberger (University of Frankfurt); Professor Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook University); Amos Nascimento (UW-Tacoma) and Bill Talbott (UW-Seattle).

Co-sponsors: UW Tri-Campus interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Human Interactions and Normative Innovation (HI-NORM), the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities and the UW Center for Human Rights.

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Yom HaShoah: Universal Perspectives on Holocaust Remembrance

Wednesday April 30, 2014
12:30-1:20 pm. Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu
Location: William H. Gates Hall | Room 119

Guest Speaker: Reut Cohen, New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Law Program Fellow Respondents: Rabbi Oren Hayon, Prof Stephen Rosenbaum

Event co-sponsored by UW CHR


As the Holocaust (Shoah) is observed throughout the world this week and the UW community welcomes jurist, memoirist and concentration camp survivor Thomas Buergenthal, it is a fitting time to consider the contemporary commemoration of state-sponsored murder by the Nazi regime. Lawyer/Activist Reut Cohen writes: “We Israelis grow up in the shadows of the Holocaust. It's always there and always very present. I don't think this is necessarily bad, but I recognize two possible educational messages that derive from this: the first is that ‘We must never let this happen to us [Jews/Israel] again and have to do everything in order to prevent it’ and the second is ‘We must never let this happen again to any other nation or people.’" Join us for a discussion about the public remembrance of genocidal events.

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May 2014

UW CHR 5th Anniversary Celebration

Monday May 5, 2014
(Updated start time) 4:30 - 5:30 pm, lecture with Prof. Thomas Buergenthal in William H. Gates Hall, Room 138.
Followed by a reception at (5:30 pm) next door at the Burke Museum, featuring student human rights work

Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu



UW Center for Human Rights' 5th Anniversary Celebration

with special guest

Professor Thomas Buergenthal, esteemed jurist and champion of human rights.

Presented by the School of Law’s Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series and the UW Center for Human Rights
In partnership with the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Hillel and Jewish Studies

join us on

Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 p.m. (updated time) Lecture, William H. Gates Hall, Room 138
5:30 p.m. Reception program featuring Center for Human Rights and Students, Burke Museum, Main Lobby
(If you cannot make it to the lecture, please join us for the reception!)
to celebrate

Five years of progress, towards justice and advancing global respect for human rights

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu

Thomas Buergenthal, currently Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at GWU, spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal has served as a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica.

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Center for Human Rights
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights
Director, Center for Human Rights

Gai-Hoai T. Nguyen
Assistant Director, Center for Human Rights