Past Events

  • 2018 Nov 30

    Human Rights, Ethics, and Artificial Intelligence: Challenges for the next 70 Years of the Universal Declaration

    Fri - Sat, Nov 30 to Dec 1, 8:00am - 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Wexner 434 AB, Harvard Kennedy School

    A Joint Conference Sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, to be held Nov 29 (evening)-Dec 1, 2018, at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    *Registration is now closed.* Please email
    carr_center@hks....

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  • 2021 Dec 07

    Technology for Social Good? AI, Human Rights, and Harm Reduction with Dr. Jay Aronson

    Registration Closed 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event (Registration Required)

    The volume of information available to human rights practitioners has grown steadily since the globalization of Internet access and the widespread adoption of smartphones across geographies, cultures, and socioeconomic classes. This vast material landscape creates an unprecedented visual record of the experiences of a significant percentage of humanity. When properly collected and analyzed, this material can help human rights analysts, fact-finders, and researchers reconstruct war crimes, human rights violations, and terrorist acts taking place in locations that offer limited or no...

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  • 2021 Dec 03

    A Tribute to John Ruggie

    9:00am to 10:15am

    Location: 

    Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

    Join us for a tribute to the profound life and work of John Ruggie, whose efforts to create the United Nations Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have made the world a more equal and just place.

    Speakers: 

    • Anita Ramasastry | Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
    • Mary Ruggie | Former Adjunct Professor, Harvard University
    • Mathias Risse | Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy;...
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  • 2021 Nov 30

    Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America with Dr. Keisha N. Blain

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom Webinar

    Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America is a manifesto for anyone committed to social justice. Authored by Carr Center Fellow Keisha N. Blain, the book challenges us to listen to a working-poor, Black woman activist with a disability who was an intellectual of the civil rights movement as we grapple with contemporary concerns around race, inequality, and social justice. Dr. Blain will be joined in discussion by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, to demonstrate how...

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  • 2021 Nov 19

    U.S. Refugee Policy Post-Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Registration Closed 3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event (Registration Required)

    Panelists: 

    • Ambassador Mark Storella | Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy, Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies; Former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia 
    • Jacqueline Bhabha | Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, HLS
    • Mathias Risse | Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and...
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  • 2021 Nov 18

    Pandemics and Portals: Rights in an Era of Technological Innovation

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

    Pandemics and Portals: Rights in an Era of Technological Innovation

    Join the UCONN Human Rights Institute for the 2021 Annual Economic and Social Rights Lecture, featuring Sushma Raman. Sushma Raman is the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She brings over two decades of global experience launching, scaling, and leading social justice and philanthropic programs and collaboratives, building capabilities of grassroots human rights organizations and their leaders, and teaching graduate courses in the public policy schools at Harvard Kennedy...

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  • 2021 Nov 16

    The Legacy of Rwanda: Explaining How Evil Triumphs

    Registration Closed 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event (Registration Required)

    During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 up to 1,1 million people are estimated to have been killed while the international community stood by. Making sense of those events and drawing lessons from them continues to be challenging. This webinar is organized around Charles Petrie’s new book The Triumph of Evil: Genocide in Rwanda and the Fight for Justice. Charles Petrie is a former UN official who had reached the rank of Assistant Secretary-General before resigning in 2010. He was transferred to Rwanda in April 1994, where he supported General Romeo Dallaire during the genocide....

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  • 2021 Nov 09

    Free Speech on Public Platforms with Professor Jamal Greene

    Registration Closed 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event (Registration Required)

    Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and...

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  • 2021 Nov 04

    Protests and Promises with Dr. Megan Ming Francis

    Registration Closed 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event (Registration Required)

    Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for one of its signature series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, drawing upon the famous quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” The fall series will focus on the intersection of racial, economic, and social justice in the United States. Information on how to access the event can...

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  • 2021 Nov 04

    2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics

    Registration Closed 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event (Registration Required)

    Recent advances in the capability of digital information technologies—particularly due to advances in artificial intelligence—have invigorated the debate on the ethical issues surrounding their use. However, this debate has often been dominated by ‘Western’ ethical perspectives, values and interests, to the exclusion of broader ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. Against this backdrop, the 2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics will bring together a range of cultural, social and structural perspectives on the ethical issues relating to digital information technologies, with...

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