A.R.T. of Human Rights


Founded in 2014 with the support of a project grant from Mass Humanities, A.R.T. of Human Rights is a groundbreaking collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. This ongoing public series brings academics, artists, and activists together to explore the role and power of art in addressing the most pressing human rights issues of our time. It is hosted and directed by Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

Past guests include playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks, Robert Schenkkan, and Paul Lucas, composers Matt Gould and Craig Hella Johnson, filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Jim Hubbard, performers Ifeoma Fafunwa, Derrick Ashong, Calpernia Addams, Bianca Leigh, and Griffin Matthews, scholars Eric Foner, Lani Guinier, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Evelynn Hammonds, Peniel Joseph, Sven Beckert, and Salamishah Tillet, activists Eve Ensler, John “Long Jones” Wambere, and Jason Marsden, and policymakers Alberto Mora and Juliette Kayyem, among others.

Building on the Carr Center’s commitment to advancing human rights principles, and the A.R.T.’s mission to “expand the boundaries of theater,” A.R.T. of Human Rights regularly works in partnership with other educational, cultural, non-profit, and NGO institutions. It is designed to cultivate a dynamic model for community education, civic engagement, and creative expression.

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For a schedule of A.R.T. of Human Rights events, including an archive of past programs and videos, click here.