Fall 2013 – Spring 2014


Each academic year, CIHR invites renowned scholars and/or practitioners to address cutting-edge human rights topics. The focus of the 2014-2015 Seminar is on Mental Health and Human Rights. While the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) stipulates the “right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” such issues have yet to receive adequate treatment within the human rights discourse. Mental health, which is an indispensable component of well-being, remains a distant goal for many people throughout the world. Despite advances in treatment and increased research on mental health, the quest for the “highest attainable standard” faces considerable challenges. Among these challenges, stigmatization was and remains a major concern. The discriminatory treatment of people with mental illness severely restricts their access to health care, as well as to the underlying determinants of health, and undermines their ability to reach their full potential as productive members of society. Our seminar series will address some of the main issues involved in the effort to advance a less discriminatory, more inclusive social order where the aspirations of people with mental health concerns can be fully realized.

FALL 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Health & Development: Post 2015 – Dr. Jacob Kumaresan Rm 6494
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

In Our Own Voice: College Students and Mental Health Rm L.61
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Criminal Justice Matters Screening & Panel Discussion on Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System 
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Horror and the Hope: Promoting Mental Health in the Face of Human Rights Abuses – Dr. Allen Keller Rm C201
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Raise the Age: Long Term Implications of Trying Children as Adults in Criminal Court and How Changing The Law Can Improve Future Outcomes For Youth Rm L.61
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

“Dark Light” Film & Panel Discussion Rm 630
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