About the Program
GLS received a Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Award in 2013 to establish an interdisciplinary, campus-wide human rights program. The proposal combined a new research agenda with an institutional innovation to deepen cross-regional and interdisciplinary research for faculty as well as educational opportunities for students across campus. It seeks to create a cross-campus Human Rights Program (HRP) using the momentum created by the Human Rights Initiative and the administrative and coordinating capacity of the Global Legal Studies Center (GLS). In order to touch on a variety of human right issues, the program changes its topic focus each year. The focus this academic year, 2016-2017, is Migration.
The project seeks to synergize existing resources in a way that creates a unique research platform for a wide range of scholars and students on campus while promoting a significant institutional innovation that will help to strengthen and sustain human rights as an important dimension of our international capabilities.
The International Division handed over the coordination of two distinguished lectures on human rights to the Human Rights Program. These lectures are intended to contribute to the “internationalization” of the campus, celebrate the achievements of the selected lecturers, educate the university community about specific, important international issues, and partner with university and community groups dedicated to global education and international awareness.
A sub-committee of the HRP comprising Alexandra Huneeus, Lori Diprete Brown, Lalita du Perron, Aili Tripp, Allison Sambo and Sumudu Atapattu nominates names and coordinates the lectures.
- Mildred Fish Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture
Farhana Khera will deliver the next Fish-Harnack lecture on October 17, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Room 2260 at 4:00pm
Title:"Upholding America's Promise for All"
- J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa lecture
Dr Vandana Shiva delivered the Soffa Lecture on April 27, 2017 at the Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center, UW-Madison
Save the date for next Soffa lecture - April 12, 2018