PHRGE sponsors various events throughout the year. The main events include the annual ESCR Institute,  the Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture, faculty colloquia and webinars.

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2015

December 16, PHRGE's Senior Fellow, Gillian MacNaughton, and Research Fellow, Mariah McGill, were among the authors of an article published in the journal, Health and Human Rights. The piece explores the impact of the human rights framework used by the Vermont Workers' Center to advocate for changes in that state's health care system.

December 10-11, At the 6th biannual conference of the US Human Rights Network, in Austin, TX, PHRGE's Executive Director Kevin Murray presented as part of the panel entitled: "H20 Justice: Effective Advocacy for our Right to Water." Murray was joined on the panel by Colin Bailey of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (CA), May Nguyen of Tulane University's Environmental Law Clinic, Sandy Nguyen ofCoastal Communities Consulting (LA) and Duane Chili Yazzie of the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

December 8, Martha Davis gave a lecture entitled "The Human Right to Water and Sanitation: Malmo's "Sorgenfri" Roma Settlement and Beyond" on December at the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights in Stockholm. Professor Davis is studying the Sorgenfri case and other aspects of the realization of the human right to water in Sweden while on a Fulbright Fellowship to the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Lund, Sweden."

December 4, Assistant Director Jillian Tuck spoke to the psychiatry department at Virginia Commonwealth Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, as part of their Grand Rounds presentation series. She discussed the contours of the current global refugee crisis, the mental health implications for those affected, and ways health professionals can get involved in advocacy work.

December 1, PHRGE Fellow, Michael Godbe, contributed to aFederal Trade commission complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against Google for Education. The complaint, part of EFF's "Spying on Students" campaign, alleges that Google for Education is collecting and data mining the personal information of schoolchildren, including their Internet searches.

November 18, PHRGE partnered with Paris-based organization Global Potential to present: "Youth Voices: Perspectives on Climate Change", a town-hall style discussion focused on helping to form a climate agenda for the next generation. 

November 17, Faculty Co-Director, Martha Davis published a timely article on the Human Rights at Home blog entitled, "The Human Cost of the Refugee Backlash.

November 16, The website OpenDemocracy has sponsored an online debate on the challenges of evaluating human rights work. Executive Director, Kevin Murray contributed to the discussion with a post entitled, "The Evaluation Menu: More than just Technical Choices."

November 5-6, Each year, PHRGE hosts an annual human rights institute on a cutting edge economic, social and cultural rights issue.This year, PHRGE’s Institute convened scholars and advocates to explore how a human rights framework can be applied to water rights advocacy and implementation, with specific attention to accessibility, affordability and quality. The keynote speech was delivered by Patricia Jones, Senior Program Leader on the Human Right to Water at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).  

November 2, PHRGE's Kevin Murray and Aja Watkins have published a post on the human rights impact of nontraditional private education on the Right to Education Project blog.

October 29, PHRGE Assistant Director Jillian Tuck presented a skill-building workshop at the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Participants in the workshop developed a greater understanding of the legal framework for seeking asylum in the U.S., and learned how to effectively collaborate with attorneys representing immigrant children by writing medical-legal affidavits and testifying in immigration court.

October 26, In collaboration with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), PHRGE presented "Tahoe on Trial: Guatemalan Communities Defend Land and Life" which featured a talk from Mr. Llan Carlos Davila from the Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature (CODIDENA). Llan Carlos spoke about CODIDENA’s efforts to halt the development and expansion of Tahoe Resources’ Escobalmine in southeastern Guatemala through popular education, grassroots base-building and the organizing of six municipal referenda during which more than 50,0000 have voted against mining in their territories.

October 20, Deborah Popowski, Lecturer on Law and Clinical instructor at the Harvard Law School, presented a faculty colloquium on a theme she is currently exploring: "Torture and the Legal Academy". The coloquium offered faculty and PHRGE fellows a chance to contribute Deborah's research on the controversial issue of the legitimization of torture by the legal academy. 

September 30, PHRGE Affiliated Faculty member and Internaional Legal Librarian Jootaek "Juice" Lee presented an "International Legal Research Seminar" to teach the basics of international human rights legal research.

September 28, PHRGE partnered with Northeastern's Social Justice Resource Center to offer a "Know Your Rights - Stop and Search" training as part of Northeasten's annual "Social Justice Week". The training focused on educating students on their rights when confronted by a member of law enforcement.

July 22, Sucharita Varanasi, the MediCapt Project Manager and Senior Program Officer at Physicians for Human Rights presented a forum entitled "Creating Human Rights Technology: Documentation of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo". She hosted a talk on the program's efforts to develop mobile application technology to document human rights abuses in low-resourced settings.

August 20, PHRGE's Karl Klare delivered the prestigious Stellenbosch Lecture at South Africa's Stellenbosch University: "Self-Realization, Human Rights and Separation of Powers: A Democracy-Seeking Approach".

Professor Wendy Parmet co-authored a perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled Shifting Vaccination Politics – The End of Personal-Belief Exemptions in California. The article highlights recent willingness of some states to reduce situations of parents legitimately refusing to vaccinate their children and yet still send them to schools or day care centers.

Professor Brook Baker answers the U.S. Trade Rep's Top Ten criticisms of India's anti-monopoly pharmaceutical policy.

Professor Brook Baker recently co-authored a new analysis appearing in the Health & Human Rights Journal detailing new medical evidence clarifying that access to antiretrovirals early in the course of HIV improves the health of people living with HIV and enables them to prevent HIV transmission. See the article here: http://www.hhrjournal.org/2015/06/04/evolving-human-rights-and-the-science-of-antiretroviral-medicine/

April 29th, PHRGE hosted a community dialogue entitled “Does the Massachusetts Cap on Charter School Growth Violate Students’ Civil Rights?” Speakers included Matt Cregor of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Senator Pat Jehlen, education law expert Professor Mary O’Connell, and Odette Williamson, a parent with children in both district and charter schools.

PHRGE Fellow Sara N. Kominers recently published a report on sexual violence perpetrated again women farmworkers. The report, which is the culmination of Kominers fellowship with Oxfam America, provides a comprehensive review of existing documentation of women farmworkers who harvest and pack agricultural goods, the factors in agriculture that heighten their risk and the challenges of finding effective solutions. >>View the report here

International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) gathered ESC rights experts from around the world at a conference at NUSL. See full conference program here.

PHRGE-affiliated faculty member, Brook Baker, looked at the case of Hepatitus C drugs to understand the connection between the pricing policies of Gilead Sciences and the company's efforts to control tightly the distribution of its new Hep-C treatment.

Professor Aziza Ahmed on "VAWA @ 20: HIV, Violence Against Women and Criminal Law Interventions"

In 2015, PHRGE Senior Fellow Gillian MacNaughton embarked on a project sponsored by the World Health Organization to examine the role that human rights discourse and analysis played in Vermont’s efforts to enact a universal, publicly funded health care system.  The research team also included, among others, PHRGE Research Fellow Mariah McGill ’09. A draft report was submitted to the WHO in April, 2015.  

April 22, PHRGE Fellow Sara N. Kominers recently published a report on sexual violence perpetrated again women farmworkers. The report, which is the culmination of Kominers fellowship with Oxfam America, provides a comprehensive review of existing documentation of women farmworkers who harvest and pack agricultural goods, the factors in agriculture that heighten their risk and the challenges of finding effective solutions. (view the report)

February 27 - March 1, Northeastern University School of Law will host the 6th annual conference of the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) over four days. iSERP is a global network of lawyers, judges, human rights advocates and legal academics who critically examine the effectiveness of social and economic rights in bringing about real change in people’s lives. (read more)

February 2nd, Barbara R. Arnwine, President and Executive Director, National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) delivered a community lecture entitled "In Pursuit of Systemic Change: Combatting Racial Injustice in Policing and Voting!" (view photos)

2013

December 29th, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Professor Martha Davis is interviewed in the Boston Globe regarding abortion clinic buffer zones and free speech.

December 6th, PHRGE's Executive Director, Kevin Murray, presented a workshop entitled, "Charter School Expansion and the Right to Education" at a conference in Atlanta organized by the U.S. Human Rights Network.

December 2, Brook Baker quoted in the article, "Canada must learn from NAFTA legal battles" 

November 7-8,  2013 PHRGE Human Rights Institute: “Human Rights and Violence Against Women: Applying the Due Diligence Framework.”

November 1-2, PHRGE to speak on Millennium Development Goals and Human Trafficking at Millennium Campus Conference to be held at Northeastern!

October 29th, On Fellow Talk: Seth Purcell explains that the Syrian human rights crisis continues, despite the progress on chemical weapons

October 22nd, PHRGE hosted Sudanese hip-hop sensation, Emmanuel Jal, for a conversation on "Hip-Hop and Human Rights" as part of "A Week for Peace with Emmanuel Jal," hosted by Northeastern University's Humanities Center.

October 18th, PHRGE Fellow Kirsten Blume blogs about her experience in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Human Rights Committee Hearings. Blume is attending the hearings as part of her co-op at NLCHP

October 9th, New NLCHP webinar on human rights advocacy through ICCPR.

September 19th,  PHRGE Post-Grad Fellow, Duygu Sener's, latest post on RIGHTSCAPES, "Prelude to an Extradition?" 

September 9th,  PHRGE 2013 Institute Co-Convenor Margaret Drew of DVI published an editorial entitled, "Victim deserved court's protection" on the implications surrounding the Water's case.

August 18th, New PHRGE Blog, RIGHTSCAPES, features Prof. Martha Davis on the Federal Court decision on the Oklahoma "sharia law" amendment.

July 31st,  PHRGE, in conjunction with the Latin American Law Student Association, and  Northeastern School of Law’s International Law course, will be presenting "Granito: How to Frame a Dictator." A Documentary about the charging of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980's.

July 3,  Martha Davis on Radio Boston: "Abortion Clinics and Buffer Zones"

May 29, PHRGE Fellow Stephanie Gharakhanian was featured in news@Northeastern.  The article profiles her work at ProDESC in Mexico City as a PHRGE fellow.

May 17-19, PHRGE Executive Director Kevin Murray moderated a gathering of drug policy reform activists in Bogotá, Colombia, at the same time the Organization of American States issued a new report on drug policy reform in Latin America. An article about the report is available here.

May 17, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis delivered a talk at Lund University in Sweden on the role of human rights in the United States.

May 17-19, PHRGE Executive Director Kevin Murray moderated a gathering of drug policy reform activists in Bogotá, Colombia at the same time the Organization of American States issued a new report on drug policy reform in Latin America. An article about the report is available here

May 17, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis delivered a talk at Lund University in Sweden on the role of human rights in the United States.

April 22, Panel Discussion: "What Now? School Assignment and Quality in the Boston Public Schools" 
This public event brought together community leaders, a human rights expert and a senior administrator of the  BPS to consider what a human rights perspective brings to the contentious public discussion about school assignment in Boston. 
>>Watch video 

March 27,  Philip Alston of New York University School of Law delivered the 2013 Valerie Gordon lecture on "Protecting Social Rights: Is the UN Doing Its Job?"
>>Watch video 
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March 12,  In collaboration with the Seminar on Human Rights: Race, Gender and Culture, PHRGE sponsored a discussion by Cecilie Counts, Legislative Representative for the AFL-CIO entitled “From Free South Africa to U.S. Workers’ Rights: A Public Interest Lawyer’s Journey.”

March 11,  Kevin Murray moderated a panel discussion “What Can We Do? A Policy and Advocacy Primer for Nonprofits and Organizations,” at a conference for Boston-area foundations and nonprofits sponsored by Northeastern Students4Giving.

March 7,  With sponsorship from the Government of Germany, the Due Diligence Project a PHRGE Affiliated Project, hosted a public panel discussion at the United Nations entitled “Due Diligence from the Ground Up: State Compliance to End Violence against Women in New York City”

February 12, PHRGE’s Executive Director, Kevin Murray, spoke at NUSL’s “Global Law-Palooza,” an event organized by the International Law Society to increase student awareness regarding international and global law resources and opportunities at the Law School.

February 6, PHRGE hosted a stimulating lunch-time seminar on international and human rights legal research, led by Jootaek “Juice” Lee, senior research librarian at NUSL.

February 5, PHRGE co-hosted a reception with the Northeastern University Law Journal to celebrate the release of the Law Journal issue on “Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Mobilization and Advocacy: Towards a Strategic Agenda.”

January 18, PHRGE hosted a viewing followed by a discussion of a live-streamed program organized by the American Bar Association. The program commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainwright Supreme Court decision.

2012

November 14,  PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis gave a presentation to the Newton Human Rights Commission on the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens. The talk focused on how the Boston Principles could promote and expand the work of human rights commissions here in the United States.

October 25, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis served as Co-Chair and PHRGE as a Participating Organization for the 2012 Armenian Heritage Foundation Najarian Lecture on Human Rights. Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian delivered the keynote address on October 25 at Faneuil Hall.

October 18, PHRGE co-sponsored “Walking the Word with Colombia’s Indigenous Peoples,” featuring Ms. Ligna Pulido. Ms. Pulido spoke about indigenous activism in Colombia and illuminated the connections between militarization, international trade, land rights and environmental protection.

September 27, Executive Director Kevin Murray moderated the PHRGE Showcase panel, designed to increase knowledge of human rights in the Law School community and participation in PHRGE program activities.

September 13, PHRGE hosted a lively research session on international and comparative human rights law with Kyle Courtney, Manager, Resource Sharing and Faculty Information Delivery at Harvard Law School and PHRGE Affiliated Scholar.

September 5, PHRGE Fellowship panel, featuring current Fellowship employers and former Program Fellows.

June 18, PHRGE hosted Dr. Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Senior Policy Officer of Operations Policy and Country Services of the World Bank for a lecture on human rights and development.

June 6, PHRGE co-sponsored a web-streamed panel, “UN Guiding Principles for Ethics and Human Rights: What Lawyers Should Know” which explored corporate social responsibility and legal ethics. Moderated by Oxfam America’s Chris Jochnick, the panel featured Sarah Altschuller of Foley Hoag, John Sherman, General Counsel of Shift and Professor Martha Davis, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director.

April 25, Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill hosted the panel “Charter Schools and the Universal Right to Education,” exploring the impact that the charter school movement has had on the universal right to education in the United States. The panel focused on whether charter schools are unfairly excluding students with disabilities and English language learners and the impact of this exclusion on public district school funding. The panel featured Liz Sullivan, Human Right to Education Program Officer at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative; Kathleen Boundy of the Center for Law and Education; and Marilyn Segal of Citizens for Public Schools.

April 5, Student researchers presented the results of a research project they had completed for PHRGE and the NUSL Health Law Program, in preparation for the 2012 ESCR Institute on “Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health.”

May 16, Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton presented a lecture “Mainstreaming Human Rights into Impact Assessment” as part of the University of Ottawa’s Videoconference Series on Human Rights Impact Assessment.

March 27, Student researchers presented the work they completed over the past seven months for the Due Diligence Project in a presentation entitled “Ending Worldwide Violence Against Women.”

March 23, In collaboration with the Black Law Students Association, PHRGE hosted the 19th Annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture featuring Terry McGovern, founder of the HIV Law Project in New York City and currently the Senior Program Officer with the Ford Foundation Human Rights Reducing HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Exclusion Division. Ms. McGovern’s talk was entitled “What are the Human Rights of Women Living with HIV?”

March 13, PHRGE and the NUSL Women’s Law Caucus cosponsored a screening and discussion of “Aku Siapa” (Who Am I?), a documentary on the politics of veiling in Malaysia and Indonesia by Norhayati Kaprawi. Adjunct Professor Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Co-Director of the Due Diligence Project, led a lively discussion following the film.

March 2, PHRGE Fellow Asia Watson ’12, Faculty Co-Director Dan Danielsen, and Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton presented on the panel “Global Law Field Placements: Preparing Lawyers for Modern Practice” at the Externship 6 Conference hosted by NUSL and Harvard Law School.

February 16, PHRGE presented an informal panel on health and human rights “Global Health and Human Rights Research Projects,” featuring panelists Professor Audrey Chapman, Joseph Healey Jr. Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Division of Public Health Law and Bioethics, University of Connecticut; Assistant Professor Lisa Forman, Director of the Comparative Program on Health and Society. Professor Brook Baker of NUSL moderated the panel.

January 27, PHRGE hosted another research session on international and comparative human rights law with Harvard Law Librarian Kyle Courtney. December 1-2, 2011: PHRGE co-sponsored “Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence,” a two-day symposium organized by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. The symposium explored the performative dimensions of justice seeking in the aftermath of violence with a focus on Cambodia, Peru and the United States. Dean Emily Spieler welcomed the audience and four current NUSL students, Jonathan Cohen, Findayawah Gbollie, Yasmeen Peer, and Kate Richardson, participated in panel discussions.

2011

October 20, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis served as Co-Chair and PHRGE as a Participating Organization for the 2011 Armenian Heritage Foundation Najarian Lecture on Human Rights. Paul Rusesabagina, a Rwandan Humanitarian whose story inspired the Academy Award nominated film “Hotel Rwanda,” delivered the keynote address on October 20 at Faneuil Hall.

October 12,  PHRGE hosted another research session with Harvard Law Librarian “Extraordinaire” Kyle Courtney. Professor Courtney delivered another whirlwind presentation on researching international and comparative human rights law.

September 28, Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton moderated the PHRGE showcase panel, which focused on some of PHRGE’s current research projects, including the international due diligence obligations of government to prevent violence against women (Due Diligence Project); the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP); the Human Rights Law Network in India; the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens; and Framing ESCR for Advocacy and Mobilization.

August 3, PHRGE hosted a lively research session on international and comparative human rights law with Kyle Courtney, Manager, Resource Sharing and Faculty Information Delivery at Harvard Law School Law Library and PHRGE Affiliated Scholar. Professor Courtney shared his extensive knowledge of human rights and international legal research with the Northeastern Community.

June 22, PHRGE hosted the webinar: “An Introduction to the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens” moderated by Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill and featuring Professors Hope Lewis and Rachel Rosenbloom.

June 21, Clearinghouse Review hosted an online panel discussion “Claiming Our Rights as Human Rights Lawyers: How a Human Rights Framework Can Advance Our Advocacy” moderated by Professor Martha Davis and featuring Chandra Batnagar Senior Staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Project; Monique Harden, Co-Director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans; Cheryl Hystad, Director of Advocacy, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau; and Sarah Paoletti, Director of the Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. The panel explored using a human rights framework to support advocacy work on behalf of low-income clients.

April 28, The panel discussion “Violence Against Women: Conversations with Global Experts” followed a two-day expert meeting of the Due Diligence Project held at Northeastern University School of Law. The panel featured Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and other experts.

April 1,  “Human Rights and the Rule of Law Panel Discussion.” This event explored how the rule of law impacts human rights around the world. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society and Human Rights Caucus.

In March 2011, PHRGE coordinated and sponsored a number of events at the School of Law as part of the third annual Northeastern University Human Rights Week. The theme this year was Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals, which tied in well with PHRGE’s mission to promote and implement economic, social and cultural rights in the United States and around the world.

March 31, “Due Diligence on State Responsibility in Relation to Violence Against Women: Standards, Indicators and Good Practices.” Student Researchers, presented the work they completed for the Due Diligence Project.

March 31, “Incentives and Measures for Gender Equity in Employment: Legal and Social Obligations for the Implementation of Gender Policies and Practices in the Workplace.” Student Researchers, presented the project they had completed for the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

March 31, “Constricting Human Rights in the United States: An Analysis of Oklahoma’s Anti-International Law Initiatives.” PHRGE Co- Director Martha Davis discussed the impact of anti-international law initiatives at the state level in the United States. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society, the Human Rights Caucus and the American Constitution Society.

March 30,  “Research Session on International Human Rights Law.” Harvard Law Librarian Kyle Courtney delivered another whirlwind presentation on researching international and comparative human rights law. Sponsored by PHRGE.

March 29,  “Impunity or Justice: Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Kenya.” This event featured a documentary film and discussion about the continuing problem of impunity for rape and sexual violence in Kenya. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society and the Human Rights Caucus.

March 28, “Realizing the Right to Education at Home and Abroad.” This panel discussion explored how school discipline, school financing inequities and other issues contribute to school exclusion and how to use human rights principles to address these problems. Panelists included: Molly A. Hunter, Education Law Center; Marlies Spanjaard, Coordinator of the EdLaw Project; Daniel Squires, Matrix Barristers, United Kingdom; and Liz Sullivan, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. Co-sponsored by PHRGE, the International Law Society and the Human Rights Caucus.

March 23, Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal delivered the 2011 Valerie Gordon Lecture “Legalizing Social Rights: Experience from the Global South.” Professor Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development, is the Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

January 5, Presentation on Researching International and Comparative Human Rights Law. PHRGE hosted a research session with Professor Kyle Courtney, law librarian at Harvard Law School and adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law. The session provided an opportunity for Professor Courtney to share his extensive knowledge of human rights and international legal research with the Northeastern Community.

2010

December 10, 2010: In celebration of International Human Rights Day, PHRGE sponsored three events.

  • At a breakfast buffet, PHRGE hosted the Launch of the Draft Boston Principles on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The panel featured NUSL Professors Hope Lewis, Rachel Rosenbloom, Brook Baker and Boston College Professor Daniel Kanstroom, who launched the Draft Principles opening the period for comment by civil society, human rights commissions, ombudsmen and others.
  • At a luncheon, we held the PHRGE Showcase Panel moderated by Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton and featuring presentations about five PHRGE projects by panelists Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, Research Associate Deena Sharuk, Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill, PHRGE Fellow Jennifer Harrold, and the Due Diligence Project Co-Coordinator Janine Moussa.
  • At teatime, PHRGE held a reception to welcome the new PHRGE affiliated faculty.

December 1, The World AIDS Day event “Universal Access and Human Rights: Panel on Global HIV/AIDS Policy and Practice” featured panelists Brook Baker, Aziza Ahmed, Meredith Harris and Richard Wamal and was co-sponsored by NUSL, the Department of African American Studies, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the Black Law Student Association, the Latin American Student Association, the National Lawyers Guild NUSL Chapter, the NU Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Straight Alliance, the Queer Caucus, Law Students for Reproductive Rights and the Swahili Club.

September 23, PHRGE Co-sponsored the K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, M.D. Inaugural Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall with Keynote Speaker Kerry Kennedy, author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing Our World.

June 29, “Coming Home: The Dry Storm.” PHRGE hosted the New England Premiere of this award winning documentary on the post-Hurricane Katrina demolition of public housing in New Orleans followed by a discussion with Professor Hope Lewis and the Executive Producer of the film, Ms. Catherine Albisa.