The 2017 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference

How are racism, xenophobia and other forms of extremism challenging human rights advocacy?

OpenGlobalRights is teaming up with the University of Dayton Human Rights Center to feature its biennial conference, The Social Practice of Human Rights 2017 (SPHR17).

The University for the comon good: The University of Dayton — a Catholic, Marianist research university — has long been a center of programming, dialogue and education on social justice and human rights. Founded in 2013, the Human Rights Center expands the University of Dayton’s mission to integrate both the theoretical and practical approaches to learning and unite with other institutions, groups and individuals working to realize the common good — locally and globally.

SPHR17 explores challenges to advocacy posed by racism, xenophobia, other forms of extremism and what Pope Francis has termed “the globalization of indifference.”

A series of articles on these topics will be published here pre- and post-conference to grow conversations. 

Videos of SPHR keynote addresses and plenary dialogues will be available here in the coming weeks as well.

Visit and follow @udhumanrights to learn more and stay updated about #SPHR17.


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SPHR17 Opening Remarks: Tony Talbott, HRC and William Dobson, NPR

SPHR17 Concluding Plenary: OpenGlobalRights

SPHR17 Plenary: Modern-day Slavery Advocacy in a Globalization of Indifference

SPHR17: Transitional Justice and Peace in Colombia: A Victim’s View - Nadiezhda Henriquez

SPHR17 Plenary: Peace Advocacy in a Globalization of Indifference

SPHR17: Migrants Under Attack in the US & the Roadmap towards Human Rights - Marilena Hincapie

SPHR17 Plenary: Forced Migration Advocacy in a Globalization of Indifference


Fighting for indigenous rights in the Trump era

March 15, 2018
BY: Tereza M. Szeghi

American Indians are actively resisting Trump’s efforts and working to ...

Reframing sexual harassment as gender-based violence: the value of a rights framework

March 8, 2018
BY: Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak

When sexual harassment is reframed as gender-based violence and a human ...

Building up vs. trickling down: human rights in Southern Africa

November 16, 2017
BY: Kristi Heather Kenyon

Do we achieve human rights by enacting UN-sanctioned treaties at the legislative ...

Human Rights “Light”: using rhetoric to unite disparate disciplines

November 8, 2017
BY: Tony Talbott

The use of superficial human rights rhetoric across varied issue areas ...

The US role in forced migration from the Middle East

October 18, 2017
BY: Azadeh Shahshahani

American foreign policy is at the root of forced migration from different ...

Research offers tough love to improve human rights practices

September 20, 2017
BY: Joel R. Pruce

In human rights work, practicing the same habits does not guarantee improvement ...

Tailoring the message: How the political left and right think differently about human rights

August 10, 2017
BY: Joe Braun & Stephen Arves

Effectively motivating people to care about human rights depends largely ...

Why engaging with perpetrators isn’t possible in Iran (yet)

April 19, 2017
BY: Mahmood Monshipouri

Engagement with Iranian human rights perpetrators might help someday, ...

Scientists and engineers as partners in protecting human rights

August 1, 2016
BY: Theresa Harris

Growing interest in pro bono service among scientists and engineers is ...