Human Rights: Adapting to the Challenges of Our Times

January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Starr Auditorium
79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Join us for a student-led symposium, “Human Rights: Adapting to the Challenges of Our Times” aiming to rethink the effective implementation of human rights in an age of increasing populism and nationalism.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

AGENDA9:00 a.m. Welcome Address

9:15 a.m. Keynote Panel: Human Rights and Global Challenges

10:00 a.m. Panel One: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Narratives and Implementation

11:30 a.m. Panel Two: The Rights and Dignity of Refugees and Migrants and the Nationalist Backlash

1:00 p.m. Lunch Break | Brown Bag Lunch

2:00 p.m. Panel Three: Shared Human Rights Challenges: the Treatment of Minorities across the Globe

3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Shared Action across Human Rights Issues – Solidarities and Coalitions

5:30 p.m. Conclusions

5:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

For full agenda, speaker bios, and to RSVP for a free ticket see the Symposium website at


The Symposium is organized with the support of the Carr Center for Human Rights, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, the Department for African and African American Studies, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, HKS Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Human Rights Professional Interest Council and the Muslim Caucus (student organizations at Harvard Kennedy School), the Kennedy School Student Government, and the South Asia Institute.