Landscapes of Injustice, Landscapes of Repair seminar series


2022-23 Speaker Series
The Futures of American Democracy

"Unraveling the Big Lie: Participatory Disinformation and Its Threat to Democracy"

Kate Starbird, University of Washington

Wed., March 15 at 5 pm

Register for Zoom here:  


"Redrawing the Empire State: Politics and Institutional Competition in the 2020 Redistricting Process"

Thurs., Oct. 27th at 6:30 p.m. in LN 1106 (IASH Conference Room)

Peter Miller, Brennan Center for Justice

Co-sponsored by HRI and the CRCB TAE


Harvest Celebration of the Three Sisters Garden
Friday, Oct. 14th 

11:30am in the Science 1 Courtyard 

Event Overview:  Partners from across Binghamton University will be holding a harvest ceremony for the Indigenous “Three Sisters Garden” in collaboration with the Onondaga Nation, the central fire keepers of the Haudenosaunee, and in the spirit of the Two Row Wampum—Gä•sweñta’ or The Silver Covenant Chain of Friendship.  A traditional Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving blessing will be followed by a lecture on Three Sisters cuisine and a corn braiding demonstration. This event will feature Angela Ferguson from the Onondaga Nation Farm and other Haudenosaunee representatives. 

Schedule of Events:

11:30am: Thanksgiving Blessing of the land

12:00pm: Lecture on Three Sisters cuisine and corn braiding demonstration

All are welcome.  We ask that you RSVP by October 3, 2022 at Noon:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to either BrieAnna Langlie (Dept of Anthropology), or Barrett Brenton (Center for Civic Engagement),

Thank you (nya:weh)!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Events
Monday, Oct. 10th 

Related to the opening of the LOCO Human Rights Festival, join us for an afternoon and evening of events to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022 - A Healing Journey. You can attend the events in person in UU102 or register for the events to join virtually at the links below.

2:45-3:00 pm (EDT) UU102 -  A Healing Journey. LOCO Human Rights Festival opening presentation by Charlotte Kennedy (Quuiich -Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Suislaw, Oregon, U.S.)

3:00 - 4:00 pm (EDT) UU102 - Honouring Our Grandmothers Healing Journey. Presentation led by Nadine Spence (Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, Coastal Salish, British Columbia, Canada).  

Honouring Our Grandmothers Healing Journey is a movement of humanity with the natural world. It honours the grandmother’s lived experiences, story, and legacy left for those of us to discover, and to share through storytelling, teachings, ceremony, and art. The heart of this journey are the stories told by different Indigenous artists of the pacific northwest. Through the visual artwork they place on their cedar bentwood travelling message chest and the experience they share.

Register HERE for the 2:45-4:00 pm events 

4:30 - 6:45 pm (EDT) UU102 - Film screening of “Home from School: The Children of Carlisle” (2021). A conversation will follow facilitated by Charlotte Kennedy.

In the late 19th century, tens of thousands of Native American children were removed from their families and tribal homelands to boarding schools where they were stripped of their languages, traditions, and culture, in the name of assimilation. It is a painful era for Indigenous peoples across the country not often covered in U.S. history books. The documentary “Home From School: The Children of Carlisle” dives into the history of Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the first off-reservation government-funded boarding school for Native American children. The film chronicles the modern-day journey of Northern Arapaho tribal members seeking to recover the remains of Arapaho children more than 100 years after they fell mortally ill and were buried on the school grounds.

Register HERE for the 4:30-6:45 pm event 

2021-2022 EVENTS

Women, Climate, and Insecurity - An International Conference

Thursday - Friday, April 28-29, 2022

For more information: 

See the presentations on our YouTube channel: HRI & HKC, @hrihkc8261.  

"'I had a good name before': Asylum Stories & Patients' Rights 
in New York State"

Monday, March 28, 2022, 6:00-7:30 p.m.  

In the early 2000s, walking the overgrown cemetery of Willard Asylum, with its anonymous, numbered markers, one would have never known that more than 5,000 patients were interred on the grounds of the institution, which is now abandoned.  In a sense, though, this process of loss of memorialization is echoed in the complaint of a Willard patient — "I had a good name before, but it is sullied now, incomplete, and forgotten." Between familial shame, a focus on the illness rather than the person, and, in some cases, abuses, mental health patients are often made voiceless, especially when they become synonymous with their illness, and their larger personal stories disappear.  Michel Foucault remarks that in an effort to verbalize the pathological, the 19th century gave birth to the asylum as a place where silence, surveillance, and all-powerful doctors completely alienated and invisibilized patients.  What would it mean then to give voice to those patients—to give them back a (good) name?  This panel examines how psychiatry dehumanized patients and offers a re-consideration of the history of mental illness in the context of patients’ lives and rights in New York State. 

Dr Peter Stastny, a patients rights advocate and psychiatrist, is the author of the seminal The Lives They Left Behind, which looks at the content of abandoned suitcases found at Willard Asylum in 1995 and attempts to reconstruct and thus re-humanize some of the patients of the institution.

Actress, director, writer, and educator Elizabeth Mozer is an associate professor in the Theater Department of Binghamton University and the author of a one-woman play The Asylum Project and of the play Castle on the Hill, both based on stories of Binghamton Asylum patients. 

Organized and introduced by Dr. AC Sieffert, Romance Languages & Literatures

Video recording of event here

Sponsored by the Human Rights Institute; Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging TAE; the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures; and the Department of Theatre

Technologies of Human Rights Representation -Keynote Address & Book Launch

Friday, March 25, 2022, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Keynote speaker: James Dawes, DeWitt Wallace Professor of English, Macalester College

"Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Human Rights"

Join us in person or on Zoom for this hybrid event.  The in-person location is the TAE Conference Room (AA-340) and will coincide with TAE's Open House event.  

Video recording of event here

Sponsored by the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging TAE and the Human Rights Institute

Alternatives to Academic Publishing:  A Conversation About Decolonizing Knowledge Production

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.  

Featured Speaker:  Bhakti Shringarpure

Bhakti Shringarpure is Associate Professor of English & Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Faculty for Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, and the Indigeneity, Race, Ethnicity & Politics program; Affiliate faculty for the Digital Humanities and Media Studies program and the Asian and Asian-American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut.

She is also the founding Editor-in-chief of Warscapes magazine, founder of the Radical Books Collective, and Series Editor of Decolonize That! Handbooks for the Revolutionary Overthrow of Embedded Colonial Ideas, OR Books (New York). 

Video recording available here

Passion (in)to Work: Feminist Approaches to Women and Employment

Soulful Reckonings: Work, Opportunity, and Preparation for 21st Century Women

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

A conversation with Elizabeth Swanson on translating feminist and critical race theory commitments to the workplace...and being prepared to act.

Elizabeth Swanson is Professor of English and Mandell Family Foundation Senior Term Chair in Literature and Human Rights at Babson College. Author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (2007), Dr. Swanson has co-edited four volumes on human rights and authored numerous essays and book chapters. She has served on an NGO board and as a Commissioner for the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission. She is a founding partner of Jane’s Way, LLC, a training and consulting group that helps organizations elevate diversity, equity, and belonging.

Video recording available here

(Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Public Administration, Human Development)

Approaches to Reproductive Healthcare and Reproductive Justice

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

A roundtable webinar featuring representatives of Upstream, USA working on reproductive healthcare from policy, education and training, assessment, and community partner perspectives.

Jill Sergison, Director of Policy & Strategy (Jill is also a still practicing CNM)

Michela Garrison, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 

Katresa Jones, Program Implementation Advisor

Catherine Read, State Director of Partnerships (North Carolina)

Video recording available here

(Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Public Administration, Human Development)


Spring 2021

Academic Publishing in Time of Transition

Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon

Join us Friday, April 30th at noon for a conversation with leading academic publishers (focused on the humanities and social sciences) about how publishing is changing and what it means for prospective authors. Each publisher representative will speak for 15-20 minutes, and there will be time for Q & A at the end. 

Fred Appel, Publisher, Princeton University Press
Ben Doyle, Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic
Michael Rinella, Senior Acquisitions Editor, SUNY Press

(Sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging TAE)

"My Experiences as a Judge on Three International Tribunals"

 Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito
President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

(Introduction by Patricia V. Sellers, International Criminal Attorney)

Join us for an exclusive webinar with the President of Inter-American Court of Human Rights and author/co-author of several publications on human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.  Judge Odio Benito has been a judge on the Inter-American Court since 2016 and brings to the presidency more than 50 years of experience defending human rights. 

Webinar and Spanish and English translations available here.

Fall 2020

Racialized Policing Reading Group

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 9:00 am

(in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University)

Symposium: Militarism, Marginalization, and Solidarity:
US Responses to COVID-19

Friday, October 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Featuring Belinda Walzer, Michael Haedicke, Cristina Ortiz, Leanne McCallum, Diane Wong, Stella Yi, Valerie Imbruce, Felicia Arriaga, and Angela Ramos

Full program recording available here

Racialized Policing Reading Group

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

(in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University) 

Spring 2020

Women, Peace, and Security - an International Conference
April 23 - 25, 2020

Pre-conference workshop on Writing Feminist Legal Judgments


"Combating Impunity for Atrocity Crimes: Evidence at the
Khmer Rouge Trials"

Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in AM-189

Andrew Boyle, Counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law
(sponsored by I-GMAP, co-sponsored by the HRI and Kaschak Institutes)

Fall 2019

"The War Novel and Human Rights"

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. in LN-1106 (IASH)

Professor Eleni Coundouriotis, University of Connecticut
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)
- Reception to follow

"Drug War Capitalism: Corporate Power, Capital Accumulation, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Policy Making"

Monday, October 28, 2019, 4:00 p.m. in LN-1106 (IASH)

"Drug War Capitalism: Corporate Power, Capital Accumulation, and
U.S. Drug Enforcement Policy Making"
Professor Horace Bartilow, University of Kentucky


Spring 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Reading Group: Race and the History of International Human Rights Law

April 12-13, 2019 at the Binghamton University Art Museum
Technologies of Human Rights Representations Conference: A SUNY Conversation in the Disciplines

Keynote: "For Freedoms: Art as Civic Infrastructure"
Eric Gottesman,
SUNY Purchase and All of Us, Inc.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Lecture: "Given Time, Stolen Time: Refuge and Expulsion in the Global War on Terror"

Angela Naimou, Clemson University
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Lecture: "Catastrophic Refuge: The Flood Blues of Sterling Brown and Bessie Smith" 

Sonya Posmentier, New York University
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)

Fall 2018

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
Reading group: Race in International Human Rights Law

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
Professor Bert Lockwood
Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly and the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights book series (UPENN Press) on interdisciplinary research and publishing in human rights.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Filmmaker and alumna Stephanie Black
Class visits and screening her two films, "Life and Debt" and "H2Worker"

Spring 2018

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Reading Group: "Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Right to Have Rights"
The Right to Have Rights (Verso, 2018)
Stephanie DeGooyer, Willamette University

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Lecture: "Hannah Arendt and the Refugee Crisis"
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)
Stephanie DeGooyer, Willamette University

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Lecture: "Hijacking Human Rights: Neoliberalism, the New Historiography, and
the End of the Third World"
(o-sponsored with the Department of English)
Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Pedagogy Workshop: Suspicion of Empathy in Teaching Human Rights
Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Pedagogy Workshop -- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights Law
Elizabeth S. Anker, Cornell University

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Lecture: "Screening Immigrant Rights, or the Biopolitical Constitution of Europe"
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)
Elizabeth Anker, Cornell University

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Arms Transfers and Human Rights: A Conversation with Allan Suchinsky

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Professor Alexandra Moore, Binghamton University

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
Reading Group: Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantánamo Diary

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018
Public Dialogue with Mohamedou Ould Slahi, former detainee and author of
Guantánamo Diary

Monday, Apr. 9, 2018
Human Rights Institute Research Colloquium

Monday, Apr. 9, 2018
Keynote: "On Accountability and Human Rights"
Larry Siems, Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018
Human Rights Institute Research Colloquium

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018
Lecture: "An Aesthetics of Kin and the Rights of the Child in Minor U.S. Literatures"
(co-sponsored by the Department of English)
Crystal Parikh, New York University

Friday, Apr. 13, 2018
Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching Race and Rights
Crystal Parikh, New York University

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018
Michael Bronner, director, producer, screenwriter

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018
Pedagogy Workshop -- Teaching Capitalism and Human Rights
Professors Suzy Lee, Jakob Feinig, and Alexandra Moore, Binghamton University

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018
Human Rights, Indigenous Rights: A Dialogue about Decolonizing the Americas
Noel Altaha, Alex Jimerson, and Reynaldo Morales
Hosted by Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Binghamton University

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Lecture: "Art and Activism"
Ricardo Dominguez and Amy Sara Carroll

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 5 pm

“Unraveling the Big Lie: Participatory Disinformation and Its Threat to Democracy”

Kate Starbird, University of Washington 

Register for Zoom here: 

In this talk, I’ll present research to understand the spread of disinformation about the 2020 Election. First, I’ll describe the work of the Election Integrity Partnership — a multi-stakeholder collaboration that addressed mis- and disinformation about the 2020 U.S. election in (near) real-time through rapid response data science. Next, I’ll take you through some of our analyses to show how the “Big Lie” — the sustained effort to sow doubt in the results of the 2020 election — took shape on social media platforms throughout the latter half of 2020. I’ll also highlight the campaign’s participatory nature, and show how the production of online disinformation integrates the activities of elites in politics and media with the work of online crowds. Finally, I’ll conclude with reflections on the threat of pervasive disinformation to democratic societies and offer some recommendations for what we can do to address this critical challenge.

Kate Starbird is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Starbird’s research sits at the intersection of human-computer interaction and the emerging field of crisis informatics — i.e. the study of the how social media and other information-communication technologies are used during crisis events. Currently, her work focuses on the production and spread of online rumors, misinformation, and disinformation during crises — including natural disasters, political disruptions, and a global pandemic. In particular, she investigates the participatory nature of online disinformation campaigns, exploring both top-down and bottom-up dynamics. Dr. Starbird received her BS in Computer Science from Stanford (1997) and her PhD in Technology, Media and Society from the University of Colorado (2012). She is a co-founder and currently serves as director of the UW Center for an Informed Public.

Landscapes of Injustice, Landscapes for Repair Seminar Series

Marco Armiero

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

Alex Gil Fuentes

Divya Gupta

Jane Alberdeston Coralin

Belinda Walzer

Audrey Golden

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