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Responses to State Sponsored Collective Injustice

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Welcome | 9:30am

Homi Bhabha
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Jennifer Leaning
Director, FXB Center, Harvard University

Keynote Remarks | 9:45am


Arlan Fuller
Harvard FXB Center

Marking International Roma Day: Roma in the Global Context
Margareta Matache
Roma Rights Defender and Instructor, Harvard FXB Center

Keynote Speech

Alondra Nelson
Professor, Columbia University and Author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome

Panel One: Addressing the Legacy of Injustice | 10:45am


Callie Crossley
Journalist, WGBH


Walter Johnson
Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University


Tiya Miles
Professor, University of Michigan

Marian Mandache
Executive Director
Roma Center for Social Intervention and Studies, Romani CRISS

Bert Samuels
Member of the National Commission on Reparations, Jamaica

Mireille Fanon Mendes
Former Chair, United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Lunch Break | 12:15pm

Panel Two: Addressing the Continuum of Injustice | 1:15pm


Jacqueline Bhabha
Director of Research, Harvard FXB Center


Angela Kocze
Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Wake Forest University


Ian Hancock
Director, Program of Romani Studies, University of Texas

Tommaso Vitale
Associate Professor, Sciences Po, France

Dennis Norman
Faculty Chair, Harvard University Native American Program

Irma A. Velásquez
University of Texas

Coffee Break | 3:00pm

Panel Three: Building a Culture of Peace and Social Justice | 3:30pm


Jennifer Leaning
Director, Harvard FXB Center


Luis Moreno Ocampo
Founding Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (2003-12)
Associate Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Petra Gelbart
Co-Founder of the Initiative for Romani Music, New York University

Xolela Mangcu
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town

Caroline Elkins
Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Douglas Johnson
Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Closing Session | 5:00pm


María Luisa Parra
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University


Jacqueline Bhabha

Walter Johnson

Irma Velásquez

Ian Hancock

A Roma Berklee Night: International Roma Day 2016 | 8:00pm | Berklee College of Music

For more information about the concert at the Berklee College of Music, please visit here.

The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Mahindra Humanities Center host the Fourth Annual Roma Conference, “Responses to State Sponsored Violence and Collective Injustice,” at Harvard University to mark International Roma Day.

The conference is cosponsored by the Berklee College of Music and the following departments and centers at Harvard University: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Center for African Studies; Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights; David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund; Harvard University Native American Program; Harvard Seminar on History and Policy; Hutchins Center for African & African American Research; Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy; Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies; and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. Seating is limited.

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