The human rights and history minor presents two lecture series each year, bringing speakers to campus who offer their perspectives on human rights issues. The lectures are free and open to the public.

5th Annual Human Rights   Lecture

 Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 5:00pm


Native Reproductive Justice: Grassroots and Global Genealogies

Dr. Brianna Theobald

 Professor Brianna Theobald, University of Rochester

 Dr. Brianna Theobald is an associate professor of history and affiliate faculty in the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher in the fields of U.S. women’s and gender history, the history of Native America, and the history of reproduction.

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Past Human Rights and History Lectures

Professor Julie Greene, University of Maryland, delivered the first human rights and history lecture: “Diaspora, Race, and the Canal Builders: Afro-Caribbeans and African Americans in the Construction of the Panama Canal” on Oct. 21, 2020. This event was sponsored by the history department, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Organization of American Historians. 

Noura Erakat, human rights attorney and assistant professor of Africana studies and the program in criminal justice at Rutgers University, delivered the 2nd annual human rights and history Lecture: “Contemporary Renewals of Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Geographies of Intimacy” on Nov. 12, 2021.

Professor Erakat served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and as legal advocate for Palestinian Refugee Rights at the U.N. She is author of “Justice for Some: Law as Politics in the Question of Palestine” (Stanford UP, 2019) and a frequent commentator on Palestine/Israel in the national media. 

Lynn Ramey, professor of French at Vanderbilt University, delivered the 3rd annual human rights and history lecture: “Rights for Women of Color in Medieval Europe.” Lynn Ramey is professor of French at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of “Christian, Saracen and Genre in Medieval French Literature: Imagination and Cultural Interaction in the French Middle Ages” and coeditor of “Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema.”

Ken MacLean delivered the 4th annual human rights and history lecture: “Crimes Against Humanity and Their Archives in Myanmar.” MacLean is professor of International Development and Social Change at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is Senior Advisor at Fortify Rights on issues related to human rights violations in Southeast Asia. You can view a recoding of the lecture here.

Past Human Rights in the Field Lectures

Mustafa Aksu, Program Manager at the Uyghur Human Rights Project, delivered the first annual human rights in the field lecture, addressing the situation of Uyghurs in China on April 7, 2022.

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, delivered the second annual human rights in the field laecture, addressing challenges and solutions to climate displacement. You can view a recording of the lecture here.

2024 Human Rights in the Field Lecture

"Ensuring Human Rights and Providing Disaster Relief: The Mission of the Red Cross"

Curt Luthye

Speaker: Curt Luthye, Executive Director, American Red Cross - Montgomery, Howard, Frederick Counties

Date: October 18th, 2023

You can view a recording of the lecture here



  • About Curt Luthye

  • Curt Luthye is the Executive Director of the Montgomery, Howard, Frederick Counties chapter. He comes to this role from the San Diego region where he served as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. Curt has previously served as a Senior Manager in Disaster Services at the Red Cross and helped lead 11 national-level disaster responses including: California wildfires; the Oso, WA mudslide; Moore, OK tornadoes; and Hurricane Sandy.