Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friday at NYU: Guantanamo and International Human Rights

For New York readers -- The Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center is hosting a conference this Friday on Guantanamo and International Human Rights. While history is not the focus, my talk, at the very end of the day, will historicize the debate about closing Guantanamo, by placing it in the context of the way we think about the history of wartime. And an eminent historian invited me to do this, so this is both a conference on a compelling contemporary problem, and a history-friendly event. Here's the schedule:
Join NYU’s Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center to address legal affairs and human rights surrounding Guantanamo. This conference will take place on Friday, April 16th, at NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th Street, Theater 102 (between University Place and Greene Street) from 9:30 am – 4:30pm. Following the conclusion of the last panel, a reception will take place at the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia and Thompson), 2nd Floor commuter lounge.
WHO: NYU’s Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center
WHAT: Day-long Conference: “Guantanamo and International Human Rights”
WHERE: Conference, NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street (between University Place and Green Street)
Reception, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia and Thompson), 2nd Floor commuter lounge
WHEN: Friday, April 16th, 9:30 am – 4:30pm
For more information and to RSVP, email RSVP@library.nyu.edu or call 212-992-7050.
Conference Program Schedule:
9:30 am Keynote Address
  • David Cole, professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Volunteer Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Nation
10:00 am Guantanamo and the Law
  • Steven R. Shapiro, Chair & Comment, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jonathan Hafetz, Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Laurel E. Fletcher, Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Peter Jan Honigsberg, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco, and Project Director of "Witness to Guantanamo”
11:30 am Guantanamo on the Ground; The Human Cost
  • Liz Sevcenko, Chair & Comment, Director, International Coalition of Sites and Conscience
  • Kyndra Rotunda, Lecturer, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law & Director, AMVETS Legal Clinic, Chapman Law School; Author of Honor bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trails
  • Mark Denbeaux, Director, Seton Hall Law School, Center for Policy and Research
  • Margot Herster, Artist and Experimental Documentarian
1:30 pm Lunch on your own
3:00 pm Dismantling Guantanamo: What Have We Learned, If Anything?
  • Karen J. Greenberg, Chair & Comment, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law
  • Christopher Boucek, PhD, Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Sarah E. Mendelson, Director, Human Rights and Security Initiative, CSIS
  • Mary Dudziak, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science, University of Southern California
5:00 pm Reception Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia and Thompson), 2nd Floor commuter lounge

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