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SPHR 2019

Going Against the Grain

Social Practice of Human Rights 2019 addressed high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. Discussions revolved around reinvigorating collaborative efforts with hope and innovation, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.”

4 days

Each day featured a plenary, a keynote address, a mix of concurrent sessions, and a forward-thinking workshop led by JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights.

1 goal

Bridge the divide between scholars and practitioners and enable critical reflection on human rights research on and for advocacy.


  • Opal Tometi
  • Zeynep Tufekci
  • Anand Giridharadas
  • Opal Tometi

    Opal is a Social Activist & Co-Creator of the Viral Twitter Hashtag and Movement, #BlackLivesMatter. She is a globally recognized human rights advocate, strategist and writer of Nigerian-American descent.

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    Zeynep Tufekci

    Zeynep is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. She is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

    Anand Giridharadas

    Anand is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American (soon to be a feature film), and India Calling. He is an editor-at-large for TIME, was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New Republic.

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    Human Rights 01.03.20

    As we begin 2020, we're looking back on the innovations and new approaches in human rights work that emerged during SPHR 2019. Allison Corkery and Nicola Browne share takeaways from the conference.

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    Movements and new forces for change in civil societies, along with new technologies, means we must reconceive our understanding of systems, power and the theories of change we use to seek justice.

    Erin Mazursky, RHIZE



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