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Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: Dodd 162, Thomas J. Dodd Center, Storrs Campus
Date: See below for the current schedule

**Lunch will be provided by the Human Rights Institute

Hope and the Human Right to Health

Lunchtime Seminar with Nicole Hassoun

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Nicole Hassoun is a residential fellow with the Hope & Optimism Project at Cornell University and an associate professor in philosophy at Binghamton University. From 2006-2012 she was an assistant professor in philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, affiliated with Carnegie Mellon's Program on International Relations and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Bioethics and Health Law. In 2009-2010 she held a postdoctoral position at Stanford University and visited at the United Nation's World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for Poverty Research in Salzburg, The Franco-Swedish Program in Philosophy and Economics in Paris and the Center for Advanced Studies in Frankfurt. She has published more than fifty papers in journals like the American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Development Economics, The Journal of Applied Ethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Public Affairs Quarterly, The European Journal of Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Social Philosophy, Utilitas, and Philosophy and Economics. Her first book Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations was published with Cambridge University Press in 2012 and her manuscript Global Health Impact: Extending Access on Essential Medicines for the Poor is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Professor Hassoun also heads the Global Health Impact project intended to extend access to medicines to the global poor (Global Health Impact). The project launched at the World Health Organization in January 2015 and has been featured on National Public Radio (New effort ranks drugmakers by impact). The Wall Street Journal (A New Index Measures Impact Pharma Has on Infectious Diseases) and Capital New York (SUNY professor indexes pharma companies' impact). The project is intended to assist policy makers in setting targets for and evaluating efforts to increase access to essential medicines.

This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute. 

No Safe Passage: “The Mapping Journey Project”

Lunchtime Seminar with Diana Meyers

Date: Friday, November 15, 2016

“The Mapping Journey Project” is a video installation artwork by Moroccan-born, Paris-educated, now Berlin-based artist, Bouchra Khalili. It combines a soundtrack in which migrants from Asia and Africa tell their stories of traveling to and within Europe with images in which these individuals draw their travels on maps. This paper analyzes the themes of belonging, citizenship, freedom, and agency represented in the eight videos that the installation presents.

Diana Tietjens Meyers is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She has held the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Social Ethics at Loyola University, Chicago and the Laurie Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She currently works in three main areas of philosophy – philosophy of action, politics and aesthetics, and human rights. Her most recent edited collection is Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights (2014, Oxford University Press). Her new monograph is Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, Spring 2016).