Carr Center Past Events
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary Series
An in-depth look at the Declaration's 30 articles:
Over the course of the 08-09 academic year, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy hosted
a series of brown-bag presentations examining, in depth, many of the 30 articles that
constitute this epochal document. Unique in its generous allotment of 90 minutes
per article, the series allowed a deep examination of each of the declaration's
complex, and often mystifying, components. For each presentation, a different expert
was given the chance to discuss an article of their own choosing, in a manner that
made the most sense to them. The result was revelatory. The unique perspective of
each presenter not only shined light on the semantics of the UDHR but, more significantly,
brought relevance and humanness to topics often obscured by the diplomatic jargon.
Premiere of Sand and Sorrow, a documentary
on Darfur featuring Professor Samantha Power
8:00 PM ET/PT, Thursday, December 6:
SAND AND SORROW details the historically tragic events in Darfur
that have given rise to an Arab-dominated government's willingness
to kill and displace its own indigenous African people, and
examines the international community's "legacy of failure"
to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past.
To date, as many as 400,000 civilians in Darfur have perished
from violence, starvation and disease.
The documentary offers an exclusive look at the situation on
the ground inside Darfur, drawing on unprecedented access to
a contingent of African Union peacekeeping forces. SAND AND
SORROW follows human rights activist John Prendergast, Harvard
University professor Samantha Power and New York Times columnist
Nicholas Kristof as they journey through burgeoning refugee
camps along the Chad-Sudan border, past mass graves inside Darfur
itself, and into offices of the United States Senate to plead
on behalf of the innocents of Darfur. They have helped fuel
a growing and vocal international advocacy movement that is
determined to make the phrase "never again" mean something.
From Khartoum to New York to London, experts interviewed in
the film include such varied individuals as Nobel Laureate Elie
Wiesel, U.S. Senators Barak Obama and Sam Brownback, Sudan scholars
Alex de Waal and Gerard Prunier, and rebel leader Minni Minawi,
each of whom provides a powerful argument for ending this conflict
now, and finally learning the lessons of recent history. The
behind-the-scenes coverage of the historic but failed Darfur
peace signing in Abuja, Nigeria, and the inspiring rally on
the Washington Mall confront the viewer with the power of hope
and the face of evil.
In the U.S., efforts extend from rural high schools and big
college campuses all the way to the halls of power. SAND AND
SORROW follows a group of concerned Illinois students who organized
a grass-roots campaign to draw attention to the tragedy. Such
regional activities are echoed in larger demonstrations in places
like Washington, D.C., where a huge crowd gathered in 2006 to
demand action and raise awareness.
SAND AND SORROW exposes conditions in the vast, violence-ridden
Internally Displaced Persons camps of Darfur, bringing viewers
face-to-face with the collective sorrow of a people devastated
by the indifference of others. These people have joined the
growing spectral chorus of those who waited for help in genocides
past - help that once again may never come.
Director Paul Freedman observes, "The tragic events taking
place in Darfur unfortunately are a continuation of the lack
of response from the international community in protecting millions
of innocent lives from their own government. Without humanitarian
aid and political resolve from the U.S. and other countries,
these displaced people from Darfur could suffer the same fate
as those innocents from Eastern Europe, Cambodia and Rwanda."
SAND AND SORROW will be streamed in its entirety on hbo.com
from Dec. 7 through Dec. 9; the documentary will be also available
on HBO On Demand from Dec. 7 through Jan. 7. HBO is working
with Campus Progress and the ENOUGH organization on an extensive
outreach campaign, which includes organized house screening
parties on the night of the documentary's debut (Dec. 6) and
a live hbo.com online chat and podcast with John Prendergast,
Samantha Power and Nicholas Kristof immediately following the
SAND AND SORROW was the closing night film of the 2007 International
Emerging Talent Film Festival in Monte Carlo.
SAND AND SORROW was directed, produced, written and edited
by Paul Freedman; producer, Bradley J. Kaplan; co-producer,
Aarti Sequeira; composer, Jamie Dunlap; executive producers,
George Clooney, Natalie Lum Freedman, Michael Mendelsohn.
link with details
The Struggle for Political Rights in China
6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 5
JFK Forum, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Yang Jianli, KSG ’91, President, Foundation for China
in the 21st century, advocate for democracy in China, recently
freed from Chinese prison
Prof. Merle Goldman , Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and
author of From Comrade To Citizen: The Struggle For Political
Rights In China
Prof. Thomas Kellogg, Senior Research Scholar in Law and Lecturer
in Law, Yale Law School
Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University Committee on Human
Rights Studies (moderator)
With introductory remarks by Mr. Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast
Regional Director, Amnesty International USA
Co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA and the University
Committee on Human Rights Studies.
in conjunction with:
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government
East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
Facing History and Ourselves
John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research
Harvard College Advocates for Human Rights
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard University Asia Center
Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government
Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution.
Edmund J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
link with details
A Discussion with Bonnie Docherty
November 28, 2007
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Fainsod Room, Littauer
Bonnie Docherty will discuss how the U.S. military can better
train its troops to reduce civilian casualties. Using the U.S.
Army’s National Training Center (NTC) as a case study,
she will argue that the military needs to increase its emphasis
on rules of engagement, improve the realism of its facilities,
and incorporate humanitarian analysis into training reviews.
This talk is based on three investigative missions to NTC and
is the subject of Docherty’s new paper “‘More
Sweat . . . Less Blood’: U.S. Military Training and Minimizing
Civilian Casualties,” which will be published by the Carr
Center for Human Rights Policy.
Bonnie Docherty is a researcher in the Arms Division at Human
Rights Watch and a clinical instructor and lecturer at Harvard
Law School’s Human Rights Program. She has recently analyzed
how the U.S. military should improve its training to reduce
harm to civilians; Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights
Policy will publish her paper on this topic as “‘More
Sweat…Less Blood’: U.S. Military Training and Minimizing
Civilian Casualties.” She has also done extensive research
and advocacy on civilian casualties in combat and particularly
on cluster munitions. She has conducted field missions to research
the conduct of war in Lebanon (2006), Israel (2006), Gaza (2005),
Iraq (2003), and Afghanistan (2002). From the findings of each
mission, she has authored or co-authored a full-length Human
Rights Watch report. At Harvard, she focuses her clinical projects
on international humanitarian law, freedom of expression, and
human rights and the environment. She has also published in
the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the NYU Environmental Law
Journal, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She received
her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Harvard University.
Refreshments will be served.
A Seminar with Kevin Bales, "Ending Slavery":
“I was enslaved at age 11 as part of a human trafficking
plot. I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming
to freedom I am committed to end it forever. Every human life
has value. People have been sold for far too long and it's time
to stop it. This book shows us how to make a world where no
more childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was.”
– Former child slave in the U.S.
A Seminar with Kevin Bales
Director, Free The Slaves
Professor Jacqueline Bhabha
Executive Director of the University Committee on Human Rights
Studies at Harvard University
Come listen to the world’s expert on modern slavery and
Pulitzer Prize-winning author discuss his new book. Drawing
on the real lives and stories of today’s slaves, Ending
Slavery gives practical steps we can all take as citizens and
consumers to build a world without slavery.
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 12-2pm
Allison Dining Room
Taubman Building, fifth floor
Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM, No RSVPs taken
Co-sponsored with the Women and Public Policy Program
Film:"The Price of Sugar"
6 pm, Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, Ground Floor
Followed by Q and A with producers Eric Grunebaum and Bill
"The Price of Sugar" follows a charismatic Spanish
priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of
this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging powerful interests
profiting from their work. When he arrives in the Dominican
Republic, he's warned against entering the sugar plantations
where most of his parishioners live. Breaking a centuries old
taboo, he discovers shocking examples of modern-day slavery
intrinsic to the global sugar trade.
On an island known for tropical beauty, tourists flock to escape
winter and relax with little knowledge that just a few miles
away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are toiling away in
unseen plantations harvesting sugarcane most of which ends up
in the United States. Cutting cane by machete, they work 12
hour days, 7 days a week frequently without access to decent
housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare and
adequate nutrition. Often they are stateless, with neither Dominican
nor Haitian identity and virtually invisible in the eyes of
“The Price of Sugar” raises key questions about
where the products we consume originate, at what cost they are
produced and ultimately, where our responsibility lies.
Pizza will be served!
Seating is on a first come basis
Film: "Total Denial"
We will be continuing the Group 133 human rights film festival
on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Harvard with a screening of Total
Denial. Please join us for this powerful documentary about the
Doe v. Unocal case. The case, brought by a group of Burmese
villagers and EarthRights International against the Unocal oil
company, used the Alien Tort Claims Act to challenge the severe
human rights abuses committed during Unocal's collaboration
with the Burmese government while building a new oil pipeline.
We are very fortunate to have an amazing panel scheduled
to speak after the screening:
Aye Aye San, Human Rights Activist/Former
Political Prisoner from Burma
Mark McDowell, Canadian Diplomat to Burma,
Thailand, and Laos, 2003–2007
Shanti Maung, Student Activist, Harvard Burma
Tyler Giannini, Co-founder, EarthRights International/
Clinical Director, Harvard Law School Human Rights Program
Student Internship Presentations
Kennedy School students who received funding from the Carr Center
to complete human rights-related internships this past summer
will speak about their experiences. Topics TBA.
12-1pm, Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein 219
||Speaker: Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush on "Iran
and Saudi Arabia: Regional Power Relations and Prospects for Peace"
Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush is a lecturer in Political Science at San
Francisco State University. Dr. Keynoush lectures on Middle East
relations, security issues and International Law. She has worked
as an interpreter with three Iranian presidents and Peace Nobel
Laureate Shirin Ebadi.
12-1pm, Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein 219. Refreshments
will be served.
Co-sponsored by the University Committee on Human Rights and the
Middle East Initiative
"The Power of Documentary Films: Reflecting,
Constructing, and Manipulating Realities in Development and Human
"The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall
Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe," Seminar
with Greg Behrman, Carr Center Fellow
“Human Rights and Harmony in China"
Seminar with Professor Stephen Angle, Wesleyan University
Carr Center Open House
The Long War Series
Moderated by Carr Center Director Sarah Sewall
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy presents a year-long series of
events at the John F. Kennedy School of Government exploring the meaning
and implications of the Long War. The series aims to catalyze broader
discussion and enhance understanding of the terrorist threat and the
Western response to terrorism.
||"The 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War as a Model for the War against Terrorism".
A seminar with Bill Arkin, NBC News military analyst and columnist for the Washingtonpost.com.
Journalistic Perspectives on Iraq: Seeking Truth in War, George Packer,
author of Assassin's Gate, Dexter Filkins, NYT reporter
Packer and Filkins discuss reporting on Iraq, followed by Q&A. Moderated by Sarah Sewall, Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
March 22 - Address and Q&A by Mark Malloch Brown, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Moderated by Sarah Sewall, Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
April 6- 7
Seminar: “Contested Spaces, Competing Narratives: Towards Human Rights and Democracy
Synopsis: Current events in Pakistan make the focus of this seminar, the
struggle for human rights and democracy in Pakistan even more relevant. The seminar
brings together diverse perspectives on the struggle for democratic spaces in the face
of increasing militarization and militancy.
April 12- "Asymmetric Warfare Mon Amour:
What the "Long War" Means to Me"
Seminar with Colonel Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca, "Asymmetric Warfare Mon Amour:
What the "Long War" Means to Me". Moderated by Sarah Sewall, Carr Center
Director. Part of Carr Center's "Long War Series".
"Enemy Combatants, Torture and the Military Commissions Act of 2006"
A public address by Neal Katyal, Professor of Law, Georgetown University. Lead counsel in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Moderated by Sarah Sewall, Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Panel: “Understanding the Terrorist Perspective”
With Dr. Jessica Stern, Lecturer in Public Policy (KSG) and author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, Louise Richardson, Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and author of What Terrorists Want, and Sarah Sewall (moderator), Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Address by Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. 6pm, Wiener Auditorium. Moderated by Sarah Sewall, Carr Center Director. Part of the Carr Center's "Human Rights at Home" and "Long War Series".
||Film, The War Tapes (2006): A screening of the award-winning documentary of Operation Iraqi Freedom will be accompanied by a discussion with three of the soldiers who filmed the movie and the executive producer, Chuck Lacy.
||Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower : Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 will discuss the origins of the 9/11 attacks and America ’s response.
||Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Samantha Power, “Fighting the War on Terror: A Short-Term Vision
for a Long-Term Conflict?”
||Tom Ricks of The Washington Post will discuss his new book Fiasco: The American Military Adventure
||Rory Stewart, author of Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq will discuss his new book and his experiences as a deputy governor of two Iraqi provinces.
||General John Philip Abizaid, “The Long War,” Kennedy School Forum.
||Senator Gary Hart, “The New Security in the 21st Century”.