Special Initiatives

 

Addressing current human rights concerns at local, state, and international levels

The Carr Center’s work includes a range of special initiatives focused on critical and compelling human rights concerns, including migration, trafficking, torture, transitional justice, humanitarian crises, LGBTQ rights, corruption, and shrinking civil society space. These initiatives are responsive to current events and are reflected in the work of our fellows, student experiential learning and funding, conferences and seminars, and the Center’s podcast.

The Carr Center plays a national and international  role in developing and disseminating non-partisan, evidence-based, inter-disciplinary research and policy analysis; creating opportunities for cross-sector and cross-issue convening and collaboration; and offering a human rights perspective on public policy problems.  Based at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Carr Center is in a unique position to leverage the convening power of Harvard and bring together unlikely allies in building opportunities for deliberation and collaboration.

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Upcoming Events

2020 Sep 23

Acts of Rebellion & Envisioning a New Society: a Conversation with Drs. Vincent Brown and Timothy McCarthy

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Please join The Royall House and Slave Quarters for a dynamic and exciting virtual conversation between Drs. Vincent Brown and Timothy McCarthy about the role of protests and revolts in shaping Black resistance and freedom movements from slave rebellions in the 18th-century Atlantic world, to the Black Lives Matter Movement today. This talk is co-sponsored by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard and The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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  • Dr. Vincent Brown |...
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2020 Sep 24

Transformation 2020: Popular Democracy Defined

Thu - Sat, Sep 24 to Sep 26, 4:30pm - 1:30pm

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Welcome to the nexus of awarding-winning art, activism, politics, and culture. Hosted by the Center for Popular Democracy, they are bringing together some of the world’s biggest artists, community organizers, and progressive leaders for a historic multi-hour, cross-platform livestream. 

Dr. Tim McCarthy, Lecturer on History and Literature, Education & Public Policy at Harvard University, will be part of the following sessions: 

  • Thursday, September 24, 4-5:30pm: "Performing 1776: The Politics and Poetics of the...
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2020 Sep 29

The National Prosecution of CRSV in Guatemala and Colombia: Closer to a Victim-Centered Justice?

12:30pm to 1:45pm

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Sexual violence is a widespread and chronic issue in conflicts around the world. National efforts to address impunity for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) have led to progress and faced challenges. The UN Team of Experts, together with its partners, initiated a Digital Dialogue Series...

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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt