HRC Fellowship Conference 2018


Friday, October 26, 11:30 to 4:30 + Reception
Berkeley Law’s Goldberg Room

Our 2018 Fellows have returned from their summer fieldwork and will discuss pressing human rights topics at our annual Human Rights Fellowship Conference. Enjoy brief TED-style talks and panel discussions related to racial injustice and the death penalty, child labor, the mental health effects of separating families at the U.S./Mexico border as well as inspirational lessons from human rights defenders and survivors around the world. Join us for lunch and a post-event reception. Come for all or part of the day.

Conference Schedule: 

11:30 am: Doors open & lunch served

12:00 pm: Opening & Welcome 

Alexa Koenig, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center

12:10 pm: Borders of Human Rights 

Levi Vonk, Ph.D. student, Medical Anthropology, UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco

Aleksandra Simonova, Ph.D. student, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Heba Alnajada, Ph.D. student, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

Karin Bashir, J.D. student, School of Law, UC Berkeley

1:00 pm: When the “Human Rights” Approach Falls Short 

Sophie Perl, Undergraduate student, Political Science major, Global Poverty and Practice and Human Rights minors, UC Berkeley

Tania Docarmo, Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine

1:25 pm: Break 

1:40 pm: Framing Human Rights

Olivia Rempel, M.J. ’18, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Raed Rafei, Ph.D. student, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz

Mavis Siu, M.F.A. student, Social Documentation, UC Santa Cruz

2:20 pm: Human Rights Abuses in the Carceral State 

Safa Ansari-Bayegan, J.D. student, School of Law, UC Berkeley

Jennifer Jones, J.D. student, School of Law, UCLA

2:45 pm: Break 

2:55 pm: Navigating Barriers to Health for Vulnerable Populations

Sammy Mehtar, M.D./M.S. student, UC Berkeley–UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program

Pieter Baker, G.P.H. and Ph.D. student, School of Medicine, Infectious Disease, UC San Diego

Bernadette Lim, M.D./M.S. student, UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program

Seigi Karasaki, Ph.D. student, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley

3:45 pm: Rethinking Education: Configurations of Power, Politics, and Possibilities 

Derrika Hunt, Ph.D. student, School of Education, UC Berkeley

Yasemin Taskin-Alp, Doctoral Student, Sociology, UC San Diego

4:10 pm: Closing Remarks

Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center

4:30 pm: Reception 


Special thanks to Dr. Thomas J. White for making the Fellowship Program possible. For more information, contact us at 510.642.0965 or