Human Rights Across AU 2014

Join us for a week of activities and interactive discussions on human rights themes at home and abroad, organized across the AU campus. A variety of events will be held each day with internationally known experts from around the world.

Week at a glance:

Monday March 24, 12pm: Human Rights 101 @MGC 4

Tuesday March 25, 12pm: Protection from Everyday Violence as a Human Right - IJM @Kay

Tuesday March 25, 3:30pm: Human Rights & You (& Donuts!) @MGC Tavern

Tuesday March 25, 5:00pm: Portraits for Social Change

Wednesday March 26, 12pm: AU Alumni Working in Human Rights @Kay

Wednesday March 26, 3:30pm: Afghanistan in Transition: AU Visiting Scholar Dr. Hakim Asher @MGC 247

Thursday March 27, 11am: Celebration of the Life of Archbishop Oscar Romero @Kay

Thursday March 27, 2pm: Roma: Political Participation, Society and Human Rights @WCL 101

Friday March 28, 12pm: Webinar on Engaging the US Government @online

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Detailed schedule of activities:


Human Rights 101: A Crash Course with Hadar Harris, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, Mon. Mar. 24 at 12:00pm, Mary Graydon Center 4.
What are we talking about when we say “human rights?” Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Executive Director Hadar Harris will provide a general introduction to the concept of human rights, the international legal framework, major treaties, and mechanisms for advancing human rights in the U.S. and abroad. Join us for a “crash course” on the basics: Human Rights 101!


Human Rights Defenders Series presents “Protection from Everyday Violence as a Human Right” with Liz West & Lauren Walker, International Justice Mission, Tues. Mar. 25 at 12:00pm, Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge.
Lauren Walker and Liz West are Organizing and Advocacy Fellows with the International Justice Mission. They will discuss violence against the poor as an impediment to development in an international context. Pizza Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Human Rights & You (and Donuts!), Tues. Mar. 25 at 3:30pm, Mary Graydon Center Tavern.
Human Rights & You (and Donuts!) provides students, faculty, and staff interested in human rights at American University with a weekly opportunity to get together to meet each other, make announcements, share snacks, and figure out how to change the world for the better.  All are welcome!

Portraits for Social Change, Tues. Mar. 25 5:00-7:00pm, Letts Formal Lounge.
Explore global injustices against women and honor leaders on the front lines of change by attending this art gallery and tabling event.


AU Alumni Working in Human Rights, Wed. Mar. 26 at 12:00pm, Kay Spiritual Life Center.
AU alumni hold key positions as human rights activists, lawyers and policymakers.  Come hear about their experiences and career paths.  Looking for an internship or job in the human rights field? This is a great opportunity to ask questions, get advice, and network with human rights super stars that also happen to be AU alumni. Click here for a list of alumni who will be speaking at this event

Afghanistan in Transition: AU Visiting Scholar Dr. Hakim Asher, Wed. Mar. 26 at 3:30pm, Mary Graydon Center 247.
With Afghanistan in transition, come hear Dr. Hakim Asher, Visiting AU Fellow with the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, discuss current events and evolutions in Afghanistan. Dr. Asher is the former Executive Director of the Government Media and Information Center in the Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He has a diverse background as a journalist, medical doctor and advocate for media freedom. Dr. Asher’s presence at AU is supported by the American University Washington College of Law, the School of International Service, School of Communications and the School of Public Affairs.


Celebration of the Life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Thurs. Mar. 27 at 11:00am, Kay Spiritual Life Center Chapel.
Come celebrate the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero on the 34th Anniversary of his Martyrdom with poetry, music by Cora San Miguel Arcangel, testimonies, and a Salvadoran lunch. Archbishop Romero was assassinated by death squads for his social justice work and for denouncing military repression during the Salvadoran civil war. Please RSVP to

Roma: Political Participation, Society and Human Rights, Thurs. Mar. 27 from 2:00pm-4:00pm, Washington College of Law, Room 101.
The Roma people have traditionally been subject to discrimination and systematic human rights violations around the world.  Targeted for extermination in the Holocaust and suffering continued oppression, today the Roma have made great strides fighting for their fundamental human rights in Europe and around the world.  Join us for a half-day conference with international experts to discuss the current situation of Roma rights in honor of the International Day of the Roma. Panelists will focus on the Roma social situation in Europe and the challenges that Roma face gaining adequate political representation. Pre-registration for this conference is required.


Webinar on Engaging the US Government through UN Advocacy in Human Rights Compliance, Fri. Mar. 28, 12:00pm-1:30pm (online).
On April 1, 2014, American University Washington College of Law is hosting a Civil Society Consultation with the U.S. Government on Access to Justice. The Consultation will help the U.S. Government prepare for the upcoming review of the US by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and UN Human Rights Council. This webinar, co-sponsored by the US Human Rights Network, will provide an introduction to the CERD and UPR review processes, and provide advice on engaging the U.S. government through presentations at the Consultation. There will also be ample time to ask questions of the presenters, who have experience engaging the U.S. in these types of civil society consultations in the past. Pre-registration for this webinar is required.