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SPHR 2019

OCTOBER 1-4, 2019

Going Against the Grain

Social Practice of Human Rights 2019 convenes to address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.” Join us!


4 days

Each day includes 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 | Oct. 1
  • Zeynep Tufekci | Oct. 2
  • Anand Giridharadas | Oct. 3
  • Opal Tometi

    Opal is a globally recognized human rights advocate, strategist and writer of Nigerian-American descent. She has been active in social movements for over 15 years, and is widely known for her role as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and for her years of service as the Executive Director of the United States first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent – the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).

    Meet Opal

    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.

    Meet Zeynep

    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.

    Meet Anand

    This conference is an exciting opportunity to look at the practical lessons gleaned from the human rights movement and how both scholars and advocates can be more effective in advancing human rights.

    Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch

    Community Partners

    Catholic Social Services | Dayton Council on World Affairs | Dayton Peace Museum | YWCA, Dayton

    University Partners

    ArtsLIVE | Campus Ministry | Center for International Programs | Department of Art & Design | Department of Music | Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center | Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Host AND Sponsors

    Human Rights Center


    Human Rights Center

    Keller Hall, Room 455
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790

    Get Involved

    The driving force behind the Center is a diverse group of dedicated faculty, staff, and students each bringing their own expertise and knowledge to our work in the human rights arena.

    Jobs and Funding