50 Years: Amnesty International & Human Rights Advocacy Conference On December 8

Please join us as we celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary. The Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research will host an afternoon of panel discussions exploring two issues central to the work of Amnesty International and its USA Section. Panelists reflect upon the history AI-USA’s campaigns and strategies and discuss the present and future of human rights advocacy.

WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2011

WHERE: Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Annex, MAP


3:00-3:15 p.m. | Opening Remarks

James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University

Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director, AIUSA

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. | Panel I – On Torture

Sowore Omoyele of Nigeria, Former Prisoner of Conscience
Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights
Dr. Allen Keller, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Moderator: Jerald Albarelli, Columbia Center for Oral History

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. | Panel 2 – On Capital Punishment

Laura Moye, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, AIUSA
Lawrence Hayes, former inmate on death row and co-founder, Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Vincent Southerland, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Moderator: J. Paul Martin, Director, Human Rights Concentration, Barnard College

6:00pm | Reception AIUSA Archives Exhibit and AIUSA Write-a-thon

This conference is co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA, the Human Rights Institute at the Columbia Law School, the Columbia Center for Oral History, and the Friends of the Columbia Libraries.

Directions: From Broadway and W. 116th Street– Enter the Columbia campus through the large gates. Continue walking across campus and exit through the Amsterdam Avenue gates. Cross Amsterdam Avenue and continue walking along the north side of W. 116th Street. Pass the Jerome Greene HALL on your left and continue until you see a set of gates on your left. Enter the courtyard and follow the courtyard around to the right. The Jerome Greene Annex will be on your right, before you reach the Columbia Faculty House.

This conference is Free and Open to the public. No Registration required.