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Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies

Upcoming Events

Spring 2020

   1)  Disasters in the Carribbean, October 15, 2020 - East Dining Room

          The Caribbean region is immersed in a prolonged and repeating cycle of environmental, economic and political crises, each influencing, feeding upon and acting as catalyst for the next. Disasters in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean: Human Rights, Recovery and Resistance will take a multidisciplinary approach to exploring these issues in the region, with a particular focus on bottom up responses and solutions. The conference will feature scholars, practitioners and advocates with expertise in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas and the Bronx. The event will have a special focus on 1) human rights before and after disasters, 2) journalistic coverage during and after 3) responses from the state, civic and grassroots and 4) imagining post-disaster futures.

9 a.m. Presentation of presidential medals and keynote conversation between CBS News international correspondent David Begnaud and Center for Investigative Reporting co-founder Omaya Sosa Pascual.

11:15 p.m. Panel 1: Human Rights in the New Climate of Emergency

1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Panel 2: Responding, Reacting, Resisting

4:00 p.m. Film Screening of After Maria
37- minute Netflix documentary film that traces the story of three families displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, their fraught relationship with FEMA, and their struggle to navigate the challenges of their new lives in the Bronx. A discussion panel will follow, featuring the film’s director, Bronx native and CUNY alum Nadia Hallgren.

Free and open to the public. Meals will be served.

 2)   Advancing Student Dignity through Human Rights Education and Practice, May 1, 2020




Is Racial Equity Possible? Race and Racism in 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
9:00 to 5:00

Click on the flyer for more information (PDF)

Conference Program

  • 9:00am – Registration and Coffee
  • 9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Welcome: Michael Buckley (Philosophy/Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies)
  • 9:25am
    • Opening Remarks (TBA)
  • 9:45 – 11:45: Embedded Political Racism
    • Moderator: (Julie Maybee, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy)
    • Speakers
      • Charles Mills, Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center.
      • Lewis Gordon, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut
  • 11:45-12:30 – Nothing About Us – theatrical performance about segregation in NYC schools
  • 12:30-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 – Africana Studies and its Legacy Confronting Philosophical Racism
    • Moderator: Dominique Winters, MPA, Department of Africana Studies
    • Speakers:
      • Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt Distinguished Professor, Social Work & Africana Studies, Richard Stockton University
      • Ms. Jordan Alvarado -  Paraprofessional, New York City Teaching Fellow, Africana Studies Alumni, Class of 2018
      • Ms. Natasha Dezonie, LMSW - Founder “Wholistik Living Project”, Holistic Mental Health Consultant & Coach
      • Ms. Donna LaForey, BA - Elementary School Teacher, Entrepreneurial Ambition for African Community Development, Africana Studies, Class of 2019  
  • 3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
  • 3:15-5:00 Health Equity: Fixing Racial Injustice in the Healthcare System
    • Moderator: Gwendolyn Lancaster, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
    • Speakers
      • Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH: Associate Commissioner and Director of NYC’s Center for Health Equity
      • Ivelyse Andino: Founder/CEO Radical Health

Click here for a list of past events