Imagining Human Rights

May 18, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Join us in conversation with Mark Philip Bradley and Amber Ginsburg to explore the role of artistic expression in the development of global human rights. This event is presented in collaboration with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

Mark Philip Bradley is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of History and the College, and serves as the Faculty Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Bradley’s research focuses on the global history of human rights, twentieth century U.S. international history, and postcolonial Southeast Asia. He is the author of The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2016); Vietnam at War: The Search for Meaning (Oxford University Press, 2009); Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919–1950 (University of North Carolina Press, 2000); and co-editor of Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (Rutgers University Press, 2002).

After nomadic years of living with her family in Thailand, Japan, Mongolia and the Netherlands, Amber Ginsburg settled in Chicago and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2009. She currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago and has an active collaborative practice that crosses a variety of disciplines and media. Her collaborators, Sara Black, Lia Rousset, Aaron Hughes, Katie Hargrave, and Joseph Madrigal enable Amber to work across a broad range of interests including material histories, carbon cycle disruption, and human rights abuses. Amber, together with collaborators, creates site-generated projects and social sculpture that insert historical scenarios into present day situations. Her background in craft orients her projects towards the continuities and ruptures in material, social, and utopic histories.

This event is associated with In Acts, Weinberg/Newton Gallery's group exhibition inspired by the summit that brought international artists to the University of Chicago’s campus earlier this month to ask: What is an artistic practice of human rights? In Acts provides a setting for artworks by Lola Arias, Jelili Atiku, Tania Bruguera, Zanele Muholi, Carlos Javier Ortiz, and Laurie Jo Reynolds, who advance human rights discourse and policy through their art.

Audio Recording: Imagining Human Rights Panel

From the exhibition “In Acts”