Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies Events


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 2: 'Ukraine: One Regime Change Too Many?' from Ray McGovern Raymond McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963-1990, and in the 1980s, he chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief. McGovern will speak on: "Ukraine: One Regime Change Too Many?" on Wednesday, April 2, 2 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.McGovern's talk is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Department of History, Politics and International Relations, and the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. 

Thursday, April 17: Student Panel on Disability at Webster University. Webster undergraduates will discuss their experiences as college students with disabilities. This student-led event is part of the Year of International Human Rights, which focuses on the theme of Disability Rights in 2013/14. The panel will be held at noon in East Academic Building (EAB) room 262.

Monday, April 28: Brown bag lecture by Professor Warren Rosenblum. Professor Rosenblum will discuss the history of disability, using his own research on this issue to illustrate the evolution of disability rights and social views on mental and physical disability. This event is part of the Year of International Human Rights, which focuses on the theme of Disability Rights in 2013/14. The lecture will take place at noon in the Library Conference Room, which is on the ground floor of Emerson Library. Audience members are welcome to bring their own lunches.

Thursday, May 8: End of the year celebration! The Institute invites you to an open house to celebrate our human rights graduates and discuss ongoing programs. The event will include delicious treats and good conversation. Join us anytime from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Institute office, located in Sam Priest 102.

Save the dates!  Webster’s next Annual Human Rights Conference will be held on October 8-9, 2014. The conference will center on the theme of “The Rights of the Family” and take place in the East Academic Building on the Saint Louis campus.

All other events will be announced on our website at www.webster.edu/humanrights. For questions, please contact humanrights@webster.edu .

Please note that all events and times are subject to change. To submit an events listing related to human rights and/or humanitarian studies, e-mail humanrights@webster.edu. To request any special services, please contact the us at least 2 weeks in advance. 

 

Past Events

February 3, 2014: Exhibit Kickoff of African-Americans and the Disability Experience: From Colonial Times, Desegregation, Advocacy and Achievement. This five-panel banner stand from the Museum of disABILITY History highlighted the perspective of African-Americans in relation to their experiences with disability. This exhibit covered the first African slaves brought to colonial America, Brown vs. Board, civil rights, and medical accomplishments. This traveling exhibit was featured around the Saint Louis campus, February 3-14, 2014.

January 23, 2014: Homelessness & Mental Illness in Saint Louis. Holly Schroeder, a volunteer with Saint Louis Winter Outreach, discussed the intersecting issues of homelessness and mental illness. She shared her personal experiences as an outreach worker working with the chronically homeless. This event was held in conjunction with the Year of International Human Rights, which focused on the theme of Disability Rights in 2013/14. The event included a collection of items including blankets, socks, warm scarves, knit caps, and gloves for Saint Louis Winter Outreach, which assists homeless individuals when temperatures drop below 20 degrees. Students were also invited to make sandwiches and snack bags for Saint Louis’ homeless community as part of the MLK Day of Service.

December 10, 2013: The Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and Amnesty International hosted a birthday party in honor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Members of the Webster Community gathered in the University Commons Area to write letters for prisoners of conscience as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign and to enjoy birthday cake.

November 13, 2013: Toward a Queer Crip Feminist Politics of Food. Kim Q. Hall, Professor of Philosophy and member of the Women's Studies and Sustainable Development programs at Appalachian State University. The event was sponsored by the Philosophy Club, Faculty Speakers Committee, Women and Gender Studies, and the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. 

November 14, 2013: Author Aaron Likens discussed his book, Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger’s Syndrome. This event was held in conjunction with the Year of International Human Rights, which focused on the theme of Disability Rights in 2013/14.

October 9-10, 2013: Annual Human Rights Conference on Disability Rights

October 3, 2013: Author of the Human Rights Common Reading, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, Jonathan Mooney. This event was held in conjunction with the Year of International Human Rights, which focused on the theme of Disability Rights in 2013/14.

September 26, 2013: Nachos: A Disability Experience. Students learned about the challenges of navigating everyday life with a range of disabilities. This event was held in conjunction with the Year of International Human Rights, which focused on the theme of Disability Rights in 2013/14.  

September 11, 2013: Reconciliation during Times of Conflict. Featuring Maya Kahanaoff, Ph.D., Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Thursdays in September: The Year of International Film Festival, Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Winnie Moore auditorium. Films included The Intouchables (September 5) with a discussion by Lionel Cuillé, Jane and Bruce Robert Endowed Chair in French and Francophone Studies; Benda Bilili (September 12); Any Day Now (co-sponsored by Webster’s LGBTQ Alliance); and Scarlet Road (September 19) with a discussion by Stacy L. Henning, Assistant Professor of Counseling.