Loundy Human Rights Project Just Communities Series: Inclusiveness, Rights & Resilience to Populism –“Civil Liberties and Our Communities: Responses to Current Threats”

Please join us for this terrific opportunity to talk with the Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois on the connections between such apparently disparate threats to our communities as ending asylum, narrowing reproductive rights, and ending anti-discrimination protections — and what we can do about it!

“Civil Liberties and Our Communities: Constructive Responses to Current Threats”,  a conversation with Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois, will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 23, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Spertus Lounge (244 in the Auditorium Bldg, 430 S Michigan Ave).

Ms. Connell will discuss the impact populism is having on our current civil rights and liberties, in ways that range from immigration rights to reproductive freedoms. Colleen Connell is the first female attorney to lead the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Ms. Connell served as the ACLU’s Associate Legal Director and Director of the Reproductive Rights Project. In that capacity, she directed the organization’s litigation efforts on constitutional rights of privacy & protecting the rights of Illinois citizens to make decisions concerning reproductive matters & child-bearing, without undue governmental restriction. A native of North Dakota, she graduated from North Dakota State University & University of Iowa School of Law.

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s threats to crack down on immigrant access to public services, in violation of domestic and international law, legal organizations like the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights have tirelessly defended the rights of immigrant communities. Mr. Tsao will discuss the public charge rule that goes into effect Oct. 15, excluding immigrants from access to public services in the US, and the way that ICIRR and other key legal organizations continue to fight for immigrant communitiies’ human rights to safety and dignity.

This event is part of The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project’s 2019 Community Conversations Series, “Just Communities: Inclusiveness, Rights, and Resilience To Populism.” Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Professor Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu.

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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