UHRP students are engaged in a range of social and academic initiatives on campus. ISHR and its students organize regular events that allow students to deepen their understanding of human rights issues and expand their professional and academic networks:
- "Pizza with your Prof" Series
- Human Rights Research Series
- HRSMA Alumni Speaker Series
- Human Rights Students Networking Series
- Lectures and brownbags with human rights practitioners and academics
- Career and internship panel discussions
- Film screenings
Involvement in student groups and extracurricular activities provides UHRP students the opportunity to engage in human rights issues of interest, get to know other students, and expand their networks. There are a range of student groups on campus that focus on issues pertaining to human rights.
The Columbia University Students for Human Rights (CUSHR) organizes a number of human rights-related events on campus. Established in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and its Undergraduate Human Rights Program, CUSHR fosters communication, facilitates networking, and promotes awareness, within the Columbia community for learning, activism, and involvement in human rights. For more information, contact CUSHR President
Spring 2013 Events
Pizza with Your Prof Series: Paul Martin, “Mitigating Violence: Is There A Place For Human Rights?”
February 18, 2013, 9-10pm
In the first event of the semester of our Professor Speaker Series, Professor Paul Martin will speak on the topic of “Mitigating Violence: Is There A Place For Human Rights?” This informal discussion is designed to give you an opportunity to engage with faculty outside of the classroom. Pizza will be served.
UHRP Internship Panel
February 21, 2013, 12-1pm
Interested in a summer internship in the field of human rights? Your fellow students will discuss how they found internships, explain the nature of their work, and reflect upon challenges, successes, and lessons-learned. Come learn about internships at Amnesty International, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth, and the New York County District Attorney's Office.
UHRP Open House
February 25, 2013, 4-5pm
Are you a CC or GS student with questions about the human rights major or concentration requirements? Interested in learning more about the course advising process and opportunities available to human rights students? Come to the UHRP human rights major and concentration info session!
Human Rights Students Networking Event – Resume Swap
March 14, 2013, 5-6pm
Join us for a Resume Swap as part our Human Rights Students Networking Series.
This is an opportunity to exchange perspectives with your fellow students on how to effectively articulate your educational and professional experiences. Students will review each other's resumes and provide feedback. In the process, you’ll also learn more about the professional and academic human rights work that your fellow students have done. Please bring 3 copies of your resume. RSVP is appreciated, but not required.
Human Rights Essay Contest Colloquium
March 28, 2013, 12:15-2pm
Join us for presentations by participants in ISHR's 2013 Human Rights Essay Contest. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion with students, faculty, and other members of the Columbia University community.
Maria Holmblad, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Human Rights Studies M.A.: “From Gender-Blindness to Gender-Blindness: The Illegitimate Victims of Sexual Violence in the Congolese Conflict”
Jennifer Monroe Zakaras, Mailman School of Public Health, Master’s in Public Health: “Sexuality and ‘Right to Privacy’ in Bowers and Lawrence”
Erin Connell, Columbia College, Philosophy & Human Rights: “On the Equality of Affirmative Action”
Madeline Wolberg, Barnard College, Political Science and Human Rights: “A New Conception of the Citizen: Reconciling the Space between Tribal Sovereignty and U.S. Citizenship”
Careers in Human Rights: Insights from the Field
April 4, 2013, 6:15-7:45pm
What professional opportunities are available to human rights students? What skills, credentials, and experiences are valuable? What are the benefits and challenges of various types of human rights work?
Human rights professionals will discuss their current work and previous professional experiences, and offer insights and advice to students who are interested in pursuing and developing a career in human rights.
- Sheree Bennett, Research and Evaluation Advisor, International Rescue Committee
- Mona Chun, Deputy Director, International Human Rights Funders Group
- Nicholas Lusiani, Senior Researcher, Center for Economic and Social Rights
- Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Former Chief of the Secretariat, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- Jackie Zammuto, Engagement Associate, WITNESS
Presentations to be followed by Q&A session.
HRSMA Alumni Speaker Series: "Leveraging Your Education for a Complete Life," Tanya Domi, Chief of External Relations, CUNY Graduate Center
April 11, 2013, 6-7pm
Ms. Domi currently serves as the chief of external relations at CUNY Graduate Center. Before this appointment, she was the Senior Public Affairs Officer for International Affairs, Economics and Politics at Columbia University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Columbia in 2006, she worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, gender issues, sex trafficking, human rights and media freedom. Domi has worked in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Georgia, The Gambia, Kosovo, Nepal, The Philippines, The Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia. Her previous work in Bosnia-Herzegovina implementing the Dayton Peace Accords. She has published extensively on post-conflict societies, media and gender issues, contributing to the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and other journals. Domi has an MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.
Graduate Student Speaker Series: Campaigning against Stop and Frisk
April 15, 2013, 8 – 9pm
Join ISHR and CUSHR for our Graduate Student Speaker Series with Human Rights Studies MA student Nahal Zamani, who also currently serves as Advocacy Program Manager with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She will discuss her recent work focusing on the NYPD's use of stop and frisk practices and the Center's response efforts, which include campaigns with community based organizations, litigation, documentation and advocacy with the UN, including the Human Rights Committee.
Students who are interested in learning more about the practice of human rights and/or are considering graduate studies in human rights are encouraged to attend.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Pizza with Your Prof: Elazar Barkan, "History, Transitional Justice and Conflict Resolution"
April 22, 2013, 5 - 6:30pm
Here's an opportunity to get to chat with Prof. Barkan and to learn about his research. He'll lead an informal discussion about his research on the connections between history, transitional justice, and conflict resolution. Professor Barkan is Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Professor of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Human Rights Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He has written extensively on human rights and on the role of history in contemporary society and politics in the response to gross historical crimes and injustices. There will be pizza!
Human Rights Research Series: Christodoulos Kaoutzanis, "International Justice and the UN"
April 25, 2013, 1- 2pm
Christodoulos Kaoutzanis, PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, will speak on his research on the interaction between international law and international relations. In particular, his thesis analyzes the reasons for which the UN Security Council creates international criminal tribunals.
A native of Nicosia, Cyprus, Chris holds a JD from Columbia Law School, a LLM in International Criminal Justice from the University of Amsterdam, and a BS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
The Human Rights Research Series provides MA and undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about different types of human rights research topics, methodologies and disciplinary perspectives. Students who are currently working on their own human rights-related research and/or are interested in pursuing a PhD are encouraged to attend.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Pizza will be served.
HRSMA Alumni Speaker Series: Matthew Kennis, Research Consultant, American University of Central Asia
April 30, 2013, 5 - 6pm
Join us for our next Alumni Speaker Series event with HRSMA alum Matthew Kennis, who is currently working as a Research Consultant at the American University of Central Asia. He'll speak about his career trajectory and discuss the issues that he currently works on.
Matthew Kennis has worked on human rights accountability issues in Latin America and globally for more than ten years, including field work as an international human rights accompanier in Guatemala and staff positions with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In Washington, DC Matthew worked with a coalition of Guatemalan and international groups to help establish and garner funding for the Guatemalan International Commission against Impunity. Since 2010, Matthew has worked with Central Asian human rights groups on fundraising efforts, research methodology, and advocacy strategy. Matthew currently chairs Amnesty International USA’s Central America/Mexico Coordination Group and works as an independent consultant with human rights NGO’s and foundations. Matthew studied bio-cultural anthropology at Hampshire College (BA) and received an MA from Columbia University, culminating in a research paper about the strategy of Kyrgyzstani NGO leaders involved in constitutional reform efforts.