March 21 Thursday

Panel: "Engaging the Oppressor: How Activists Approach the Dominant Group"

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:10PM - 5:45PM
  • SLB Room 129
  • Open To The Public
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This panel will explore how advocates for justice and equality can and should engage with the dominant group responsible for them.  What posture should human rights activists adopt toward those whose conduct they wish to change? Should they talk to the oppressor and, if so, how? How does doing so affect the substantive positions they take regarding reform or revolution, empowerment, local legitimacy, mobilization, coalition-building and winning the support of outsiders? What religious, cultural, political, artistic or philosophical traditions might activists draw upon to consider these questions? How have movements such as the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, the movement for justice in Israel/Palestine and the Movement for Black Lives in the United States approached these issues?

Neeshan Balton
Executive Director, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation 

Amira Hass
Correspondent for the Occupied Territories, Haaretz

Nadia Ben Youssef
Advocacy Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Nyle Fort
Ph.D. student, Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University

Wanelisa Xaba
PhD student, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Cape Town, and Black feminist writer

Sari Bashi '03, moderator
Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights and the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal


Contact Information

Barbara Mianzo