Past Events

Fall Information Session

Every fall, an information session was held for students interested in the Human Rights Program, especially those considering a minor or self-designed major in Human Rights. 

Winter Break Virtual Reading Group

Students, staff, and faculty were invited in December and January to read a designated book and then participate in an online discussion forum.

Spring Career Workshop

Each spring, a workshop was held for Human Rights students about career options, including information about graduate and professional schools.  

Human Rights-in-Hartford Working Group

Part of the Local-Global Conversations Initiative, the Human Rights-in-Hartford Working Group  convened in 2007-2008 to explore concrete ways in which Trinity’s HRP might facilitate conversations among local human rights and social justice organizations about the relevance of international human rights norms.   The group met four times during the academic year.   

Film Series

In fall 2007, Trinity's Human Rights Program hosted the Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival.  Three films were shown during November in Cinestudio:  Enemies of Happiness, The Devil Came on Horseback, and Everything's Cool.  All films were followed by a discussion.  Admission to these films is free for anyone with a Trinity i.d.; $5 for all others. 

Fred Pfeil Memorial Lecture

In 2006, the Human Rights Program initiated an annual Fred Pfeil Memorial Lecture, honoring a member of Trinity’s faculty who served on the Program’s Advisory Board and was a deeply committed social activist. 

2007:  Mark Dow, author of American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons

2006:  Professor Victor Streib, Ohio Northern University Law School   

Lecture Series

​Trinity’s Human Rights Program hosted a series of  speakers. The lectures brought to campus leading human rights academics and advocates, who often interacted with students in small-groups.  Speakers have included former international judges and foreign leaders; prominent human rights scholars; directors of major human rights organizations; current and former government officials; leading defense attorneys; as well as human rights victims and local activists.  Topics covered the spectrum of human rights issues, including the war on terror, ethics, health and science, women’s rights, international law, children’s rights, the environment, and truth commissions. 

2006-2007:  The Global Impact of the ‘War on Terror’ on Human Rights
2005-2006:  The Environment and Human Rights
2004-2005:  Understanding Women’s Rights as Human Rights
2003-2004:  The Role of Ethics and Human Rights in the Political Arena
2002-2003:  The Promotion of International Human Rights Policy: Is the U.S. a Party to IT?
2001-2002:  Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Confronting the Past, Constructing the Future
2000-2001:  The Next Generation: Protecting and Promoting Children’s Rights