Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Human Security Seminar Series

Thursday, September 12 –
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

12 pm - 1 pm

Watson Institute, 280 Brook Street, Leung Conference Room - 110

CHRHS is pleased to present the 2019-2020 Human Security Seminar Series, bringing in leading experts to explore the most pressing issues facing humanity and the diverse organizations who are responding to them. The UN's Commission on Human Security defines human security as protecting “the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment.” There are numerous threats to human security, including conflict, climate changes, natural hazards, food and water scarcity, urbanization, mass atrocities, environmental degradation, and public health emergencies. Refugees, the stateless, women and children, and those who live in failed states are often the most vulnerable. This seminar series, which is open to all and led by CHRHS Visiting Fellow Dave Polatty, endeavors to bring in diverse perspectives on challenges and opportunities to overcoming human security issues.

Thursday, September 12: Global Challenges to Humanity

Dave Polatty, Watson Institute / U.S. Naval War College

Tuesday, September 24: Strengthening Humanitarian Leadership through Diversity & Inclusion

Beth Eggleston, Australia’s Humanitarian Advisory Group

Thursday, October 10: Innovations in Disaster Response

Grant Dawson, Global Support & Development

Tuesday, October 15: Opportunities & Challenges of Urbanization in Human Security

Lily Bui, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tuesday, November 5: Impact at Scale: The Friction Between Public Health and Innovation

Megan Rhodes, US Agency for International Development

Tuesday, November 19: Mass Atrocities and Human Security

John Hursh, Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College

All lectures will be held at the following time and location:

12pm - 1pm | Leung Conference Room (110) | Watson Institute SRH, 280 Broo