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Practitioner Talks

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Past Events

Bennett Freeman

Suits and Punks: How Corporations, Investors, Activists and Governments Clash But Change the World

A Practitioner-in-Residence talk by Bennett Freeman

Thursday, November 10, 2016
12:00pm, Josef Korbel School First Floor Forum, Room 1020

Over the last 15 years of a three decade-plus career, Bennett Freeman has worked at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational companies, investors and NGOs to improve corporate conduct and to promote human rights and sustainable development. Bennett Freeman is an innovative leader in business and human rights, natural resource governance and responsible investment, and has played key roles in developing several major multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards. Throughout his career, he has worked as a consultant, board member and speaker on business and human rights, sustainability, and responsible investment, and served in three positions as a Clinton presidential appointee in the State Department, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001 with responsibility for bilateral human rights diplomacy.

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Anne-Marie Buzatu

From Principles to Practice: Supporting-on-the-ground implementation of Business and Human Rights Multistakeholder Initiatives

A Practitioner-in-Residence talk by Anne-Marie Buzatu, Deputy Head of the Operations IV division (Public-Private Partnerships), Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
12:15pm, Sie Complex 1150 (formerly Sié150)

This talk presented current efforts of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces' (DCAF) Public-Private Partnerships Division to support effective, on-the-ground implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. It also considered more broadly the contribution of these and similar efforts to the global policy process.

This event was co-sponsored by the Daniels College of Business.

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Jason PielemeierThe New Faces of Human Rights: Google as Government and Newmont as a Transnational Norm Entrepreneur

A Practitioner-in-Residence talk by Jason Pielemeier, Special Advisor and Head of the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights Section in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.  Mr. Pielemeier discussed his career path and the Department's work in emerging areas of human rights policy and practice.

Friday, April 29, 2016
12:15pm, Sie Complex 1150

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Hardy MerrimanNonviolent Campaigns for Democracy and Human Rights: Is There a Right or Responsibility to Assist?

Hardy Merriman, practitioner-in-residence and President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
12:15pm, room Sié150

Ordinary people in countries around the world are increasingly engaging in nonviolent civil resistance--involving actions such as strikes, boycotts, mass demonstrations, and a wide variety of other forms of noncooperation--to hold powerholders accountable and win rights, freedom, and justice. In response, many governments are systematically attempting to repress these movements by sharing resources, information, and best practices, as well as providing each other with political, economic, and military support. As nonviolent movements encounter this active backlash, there is renewed urgency around the question of what actions sympathetic external actors can take to support these movements.

This talk made the case that external actors have a right to provide certain forms of assistance to nonviolent movements struggling for democracy and human rights. It discussed the challenges, risks, and advisability of certain kinds of support. 

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Hardy MerrimanDeveloping and Sharing Knowledge about Civil Resistance with Grassroots Organizers
Hardy Merriman

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
12:15pm, Ben Cherrington Hall room 301

Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom, and justice are capturing the world's attention as never before. Nonviolent campaigns against corruption and dictatorship and for women's rights, indigenous rights, minority rights, labor rights, and government and corporate accountability are all examples in recent years of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied.

Learning best practices from activists around the world and from academic research can increase a campaign's chances of success. This presentation focused on the importance of developing and sharing knowledge about civil resistance with grassroots organizers, and looked at the complexities and nuances of working in this field.

Hardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). His work focuses on how grassroots civil resistance movements around the world can successfully fight for rights, freedom, and justice. He lectures widely to practitioners, scholars, and members of civil society. He visited as a practitioner-in-residence February 29 - March 4, 2016.


Engaged Scholarship

February 11, 2016
12:15pm, Sié 150

How should academic scholarship inform and be informed by policy and practice? Who has responsibility to "bridge the gap" between academia and the policy world? How does academia reach beyond policy elites to impact companies, NGOs, local civilian groups, and others? This panel brought several different perspectives and vantage points on the relationship between academics and the "real world" into conversation with one another:

  • Celestino Perez, Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army
  • Matthew Taylor, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment
  • Karin Wedig, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Chair: Deborah Avant, Professor and Sié Chéou Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Julie ArosteguiGender, Peace, and Security: What's Next?
Julie Arostegui

January 13, 2016
12:15pm,  Sié 150
Julie Arostegui's power point presentation is available here.

Despite UN and national commitments, there is still significant progress to be made in the full inclusion of women in peace and security processes – ranging from political participation to police reform. With the state of world affairs, it is more important than ever to advance gender equality and inclusive processes in order to establish sustainable peace. Julie Arostegui, a lawyer and expert in gender and international human rights, highlighted the current issues and opportunities promoting women and gender in international security. Drawing on her extensive experience in the field, she shared strategies for students and professionals to get involved in these pressing issues.

Julie L. Arostegui, J.D., is a member of Women in International Security and serves as an international advocate, advisor, trainer, speaker, researcher, and writer for the civil society, political, security, and justice sectors. She has worked with a wide range of institutions and most recently led the Women, Peace and Security program at Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), working to empower women politically both in the U.S. and in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East and North Africa as leaders on critical issues of conflict prevention, peace building, violence against women, and national and global security. Previously she worked with groups in the Great Lakes region of Africa to integrate gender equality and women's rights into post-conflict legal structures.  Read her full bio here>>

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This event is co-sponsored with the Center on Rights Development and the Denver chapter of Women in International Security


Kathy Kelly

The Cost of War, the Price of Peace
Kathy Kelly

November 9, 2015

Drawing from experiences living alongside ordinary people trapped in war zones, Kathy Kelly recommends heightened empathy and suggests practical steps toward abolishing all wars.

Kathy Kelly and her companions with Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that where you stand determines what you see. They oppose all forms of war, and try to help educate people about the cost of war and "the price" of peace. As a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, Kathy Kelly has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She most recently traveled to Kabul in September of 2015. On April 21st Kelly was released from federal prison after serving a three month sentence for non-violently protesting drone warfare at Whiteman AFB which operates weaponized drones in Afghanistan.

She lived in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead and immediately following Israel's Pillar of Cloud attacks on Gaza. As a member of international peace teams, she has traveled to Sarajevo, Lebanon, the West Bank and Iraq. She lived in Iraq throughout the "Shock and Awe" bombing and traveled there 27 times between 1996 and 2003 to break the economic sanctions against Iraq. In 1988, she was sentenced to one year served in a maximum security prison for planting corn on nuclear weapon sites. Since 1981, as a war tax refuser, she has successfully refused all payment of federal income tax, primarily through lowering her income beneath the taxable level.


Claudia Paz y Paz Revolution of Justice
Claudia Paz y Paz

October 1, 2015

As Guatemala’s first female Attorney General, Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey prosecuted organized criminals and perpetrators of mass human rights abuses despite threats to her own safety. She was a 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

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Dr. Paz y Paz Bailey was visiting as a practitioner-in-residence, co-sponsored with the Latin America Center.


Latin America Center

Claudia Paz y Paz ~ en Español

October 1, 2015
Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver

A pesar de las amenazas a su propia seguridad, la Dra. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey, primera mujer Procuradora General de Guatemala, procesó criminales organizados y perpetradores de abusos masivos de derechos humanos. Ella fue candidata en el 2013 para el Permio Novel de la Paz. La Dra. Paz y Paz también ha sido miembro del Grupo de Expertos de la Comisión Interamericana sobre los 43 desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa.


Rhize logo The Revolution Is Not a Protest Movement
Erin Mazursky

August 26, 2015

Studies show that the number of protest movements have increased exponentially over the last decade. But are these movements the Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid, independence movements of our time? Or are they simply flashes of trending topics on Twitter?

This talk discussed what happens after the protest and if we can really point to these mass mobilizations as a means for structural change. Erin examined historical examples of successful social movements while discussing present-day examples of the inner-workings and struggles of some of today's movements to arrive at Rhize's current approach for supporting movements around the world.

Erin Mazursky is the Founder and Executive Director of Rhize, a new venture that is re-designing and the function and experience of democracy towards more participatory, just and flourishing communities through the innovation of collective action. She is visiting the Sié Center as a practitioner-in-residence with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? A book launch and discussion with Maria Stephan

May 21, 2015

Maria Stephan, a practitioner-in-residence at the Sié Center, is a senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. She is co-leading an initiative at the Atlantic Council on how external actors can reverse authoritarianism's recent gains by boosting democracy's prospects. Her new co-edited book Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?  explains why the world is experiencing a global democratic recession and how civil resistance movements can effectively combat authoritarian regimes.

This event was part of the Sié Center initiative to "bridge the gap" between academia and policy supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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