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September Events at the Human Rights Archive: Human Rights and the Environment, Transitional Justice, Liberation Theology

Screening of Auk Nr.8 (Pit No. 8)

Rights!Camera!Action! kicks off the 2014-15 series with this Full-Frame award winning film.  In the heart of a once thriving Ukrainian coal-mining region everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town’s desperate residents decided to start mining illegally; they excavate everywhere: in abandoned mines, under the basements of demolished buildings, in the neighborhood woods and leisure parks, as well as in their own vegetable gardens. The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura, the grandson of a powerful Soviet plant director, is the head of the family working as a miner in the illegal pit. Most Yura wants to run his own cafe somewhere far from home, but the responsibility for the two sisters and the looming economic crisis pushes his dreams into the distant future.

A panel discussion with Professors Erika Wienthal and Claudia Koontz follows the screening.

Date: Wednesday September 17th, 2014

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Franklin Garage

Sponsors: The Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, the Human Rights Archive, and the Archive of Documentary Arts and Screen/Society.

Juan E MendezThe Argentine Experience and the Emergence of a Universal Right to Truth with Juan E. Méndez

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Location: Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Franklin Garage

Free Lunch provided, please RSVP to

Sponsors: The Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Library, the Duke Human Rights Center at FHI, the Trent Memorial Foundation.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies.

Human rights lawyer, activist, and scholar Juan E. Méndez will reflect on the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s  Nunca Más report and its impact on the origins and development of transitional justice. Submitted to the Argentine people on September 20th, 1984 , Nunca Más was the first time a government authorized an independent entity to investigate those formerly - and often currently - responsible for its decisions and actions.

Liberation Theology in the South: The Legacy of Theologian and Activist Frederick Herzog

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014

Time: 12:20PM-1:20PM

Location: room 0014 Westbrook, Divinity School, Duke University

Light refreshments served, parking in the Bryan Center Parking Deck

Sponsors: Duke Divinity School, The Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Library, The Duke Human Rights Center @ FHI

A panel of scholars and activists will discuss and provide personal testimony on the contemporary relevance of Frederick Herzog’s pioneering work.  Herzog was Duke Divinity School faculty member from 1960 to 1995, civil rights activist, and a pioneer of Liberation Theology and Black Church Studies.

For further information contact Patrick Stawski, Duke University 919-660-5823.