Art, Community and Human Rights

Conveners: Shani Jamila, Tibi Galis, Kerry Whigham

This teach-in brings together a diverse group of artists, activists and producers whose work engages the field of human rights advocacy through the arts. Both drawing upon and building communities of practitioners grounded in the defense and promotion of human rights across the Americas--in Chile, Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and beyond--participants will discuss current projects and the possibilities for hemispheric collaboration.

Biographies

Kerry Whigham is a doctoral candidate in NYU's department of performance studies. His dissertation examines the long-term effects of genocidal violence and how activism and group embodied practices respond to that violence. He has conducted field work in Argentina, Germany, and the United States. He is also a freelance theater director.

Shani Jamila is an artist, traveler and cultural worker. She is the Director of the Urban Justice Center's Human Rights Project. Her career and studies have taken her to more than 35 countries over 5 continents, a journey that is reflected in her community work, media commentary and creative production. For more, please visit www.shanijamila.com.

Tibi Galis is the Executive Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), an NGO developing the capacity of governments to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. AIPR is particularly active in Latin America and Africa. Tibi’s research interests include transitional justice and democratic institutional development.

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Montréal): Concordia University, John Molson School of Business
  • Date: June 26, 2014
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