SPHR 2019

OCTOBER 1-4, 2019

Going Against the Grain

Social Practice of Human Rights 2019 convenes to address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.” Join us!


4 days

Each day includes a plenary, a keynote address, a mix of research sessions, and a forward-thinking workshop led by JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights.

1 goal

Bridge the divide between scholars and practitioners and enable critical reflection on human rights research on and for advocacy.

Keynote Speakers

  • Anand Giridharadas
  • Zeynep Tufekci
  • Anand Giridharadas

    Anand is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All, and editor at large at TIME. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New Republic.

    Zeynep Tufekci

    Zeynep is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. She is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

    This conference is an exciting opportunity to look at the practical lessons gleaned from the human rights movement and how both scholars and advocates can be more effective in advancing human rights.

    Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch


    Human Rights Center

    Keller Hall
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790

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    The driving force behind the Center is a diverse group of dedicated faculty, staff, and students each bringing their own expertise and knowledge to our work in the human rights arena.

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