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About the conference

The 2008-2009 school year marks the five-year anniversary of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Centerís efforts to explore the intersection of international human rights academics and advocacy. To commemorate this milestone, the Centerís 5th annual human rights conference will consider the work being done on human rights at the University of Texas campuses. This event is generously co-sponsored by the UT Libraries, the Performing Arts Center, the Humanities Institute, South Asia Institute, the Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement, Ethnic and Third World Literatures in the Department of English, and the Office of the Vice-Provost for Health Affairs.

The conference will engage human rights faculty, staff, students and advocates in dialogue, reflection, and evaluation of the diversity of international and transnational human rights issues in which UT campuses are involved. We also hope to use the conference to consider the state of human rights theory and practice and their possible trajectories over the coming years. How are we, as participants in academic institutions in Texas, uniquely poised to address the future of human rights through our research, teaching and advocacy?