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New Directions in Human Rights. A Symposium
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:00am to Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:00pm


The Portland Center for Public Humanities presents:

New Directions in Human Rights. A Symposium

Schedule of Events:

All lectures are free and open to the public. The Green Wave is part of the NW Film Center’s “Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film” series and is free for PSU Faculty, Students and Conference participants.

Thursday, October 20
The NW Film Center 
1219 SW Park Avenue 
2:00 PM: Joseph Slaughter: “Curious Creatures and the Languages of Human Rights.” 
Respondent: Alastair Hunt, Portland State University English Department.
6:00 PM: Greg Mullins: “Got Rights?”

7:00 PM: Film Screening, The Green Wave.
Respondent: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College Department of Religion. 

Friday, October 21
Portland State University
Native American Student and Community Center
510 SW Jackson Street
9:00 AM: Roundtable discussion and faculty seminar.
11:00 AM: Karen Engle Lecture: “The Force of Human Rights:  How 
the Human Rights Movement Became Infatuated With Criminalization”. 
Respondent: John Parry of Lewis and Clark School of Law.

Joseph Slaughter teaches and publishes in the fields of postcolonial literature and theory, African, Caribbean, and Latin American literatures, post colonialism, narrative theory, human rights, and 20th-century ethnic and third world literatures. Slaughter is a founding co-editor of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development; he has co-edited a special issue on Human Rights and Literary Form of Comparative Literature Studies. His book, Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law, which explores the cooperative narrative logics of international human rights law and the Bildungsroman, was awarded the 2008 René Wellek prize for comparative literature and cultural theory. 

Karen Engle is Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, and founding director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She is an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and of Women’s and Gender Studies teaching courses and specialized seminars in public international law, international human rights law and employment discrimination. Professor Engle writes and lectures extensively on international human rights law. Her recent works include The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development.

Greg Mullins is a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College, where he teaches comparative literature, American Studies, and human rights. His work centers on the cultural practices of human rights, and on literary engagements with the cultural politics of rights. He is the author of Colonial Affairs, a study of colonialism and sexuality in American expatriate literature. His essays on literature, sexual rights, and human rights have been published in ALS, Callaloo, MELUS, and Peace Review, as well as in journals in Morocco and Brazil.

Co-Sponsored by the NW Film Center and KBOO Radio

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Film Center conducts an active year-round exhibition program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works, which showcase a wide array of regional, national, and international cinema and video art.

KBOO is a non-commercial, independent, member-supported community radio station founded in 1964. KBOO airs programs for unserved and underserved communities and provides access and training to those groups. Our news and public affairs include unpopular, controversial, or neglected perspectives on important local, national, and international issues, reflecting KBOO’s values of peace, justice, democracy, human rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, freedom of expression, and social change. We include arts, cultural, and musical programming—from traditional to experimental—that reflects the diverse cultures we serve.

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