Lecture Series

IRIS NRC hosts or co-sponsors virtual, in-person, or hybrid lectures each semester on global themes of interest to UW faculty, staff, and students. Topics for lectures are identified by campus partners or other IRIS centers.

Upcoming Lectures

Past Events

Fall 2020: Human Rights Speaker Series

Title: Addressing the Challenge of Coloniality in the Promises of Modernity and Cosmopolitanism to Higher Education

Speaker: Professor Jose Cossa, Pennsylvania State University.

Description: In this talk, Professor Cossa critiques the modernist and cosmopolitan foundations of Western higher education, which ignore coloniality and limit critical thinking. He calls for efforts to de-border, de-center, and decolonize in global universities.

Title: The Back 40 Mine: A Conversation about Menominee Rights

Speaker: Anahkwet (Guy Reiter)

Description: The Back Forty Mine project is a proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine located on the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, Michigan. Aquila Resources Inc. (TSX: AQA) (“Aquila”), a Canadian development stage company, is actively seeking the necessary approvals to mine and process gold, zinc, copper, silver and other minerals at the site. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved three of the four required permits for the project. The Menominee Nation and many allies including local citizens, local governments, environmental organizations, and grassroots organizations oppose the mine. This presentation initiates a conversation about how environmental politics and indigenous rights intersect with projects like the Back Forty Mine.

Title: Human Rights Education with Professor Monisha Bajaj

Speaker: Professor Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco

Description: Human rights education is a global movement to address basic rights and broaden the respect for the dignity and freedom of all peoples through formal and non-formal education. In this talk, drawing on her two decades of experience as a scholar and practitioner, Professor Monisha Bajaj will discuss her recent books on the politics and possibilities of human rights education.

Title: Refugee Youth, Citizenship Education and Exclusion from Public Schooling

Speaker: Professor Sally Bonet, Colgate University

Description: In this talk, which draws on a three year, multi-sited, multilingual ethnographic study with recently resettled Iraqi refugee families in Philadelphia, Dr. Sally Wesley Bonet examines the relationship between educational exclusion and the production of refugee youth as (non)citizens, suggesting that staging interventions to improve their lives necessitates a thoughtful reevaluation of educational policy and practices.