New York University will host Maryam al-Khawaja, part of a human rights activist family in Bahrain, for a roundtable discussion—“What the Hell is Going on in Bahrain? And to What Extent is the United States Implicated?”—on Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. at NYU’s School of Law (Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South [between Washington Square West and Sullivan Street]).
Other panelists include: Aryeh Neier, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations; Ruth Wedgwood, a professor of international law and diplomacy at Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a former member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee; and Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.
The event, co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU’s School of Law, is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.2101 for more information. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street)
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Maryam al-Khawaja is part of a family that has sought to bring democracy to the autocratic monarchy of Bahrain. Both her father, Abdulhadi, and her sister, Zainab, regularly launch extended hunger strikes, protesting conditions of their incarceration. All three have been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The New York Institute for the Humanities (NYIH) at NYU was established in 1976 to promote the exchange of ideas between academics, professionals, politicians, diplomats, writers, journalists, musicians, painters, and other artists in New York City—and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises 220 fellows. Throughout the year, the NYIH organizes numerous free public programs, including conferences, symposia, readings, and performances. For further information, visit nyihumanities.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.2101.
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) was established in 2002 to bring together and expand the rich array of teaching, research, clinical, internship, and publishing activities undertaken at NYU School of Law. Today the Center is the hub of human rights study at the law school—the top-ranked program for international law in the country and one of the premier law schools in the world. Having built a reputation for its academic and clinical work on a broad array of human rights subjects—including counter-terrorism; corporate abuses; caste discrimination; gender-based violence; economic, social, and cultural rights; and extrajudicial executions—CHRGJ’s work is currently being guided by its 2012-14 Initiative on “Human Rights Fact-finding, Methods, and Evidence.” To learn more about its work and mandate, please see: www.chrgj.org.