Past Events


MAY 2014

Design for Urban Disaster Conference

May 5-7, 2014
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Urban disasters are on the increase, with rapid urbanization causing more people to live in places vulnerable to hazards such as flood, earthquake and tsunami. This conference invited humanitarian aid practitioners, those in government and designers from spatial/physical disciplines to explore ways to improve actions before and after disaster. The conference addressed three key themes: response, resilience, and transformation.

APRIL 2014

Changing Policy: Health Care for Conflict-Affected Communities in Syria and the DRC

April 1, 4:00-5:30 PM
Harvard Kennedy School, fifth floor, Taubman Building, Nye A

A panel discussion by clinical, policy, research, and NGO experts on the health and policy implications of a rights-based approach to health care provision among conflict-affected populations, with a focus on communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Syrian civilians in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

Panelists include:

  • Jennifer Scott; Director, Global and Community Health Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • Kathleen Hamill; Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
  • Patrick Vinck; Director, Program on Vulnerable Populations, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative



Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Focus: Photography Exhibit and Discussion

November 20, 2013; 5:30 p.m.
Countway Library, Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

The FXB Center partnered with ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) to host “Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Focus,” a photography exhibit and panel discussion at Countway Library, as part of HUMANITY EXPLORED, a series of events at Harvard that examine the role of art, design and visual storytelling in the fight for human rights.

In addition, several members of the FXB Human Trafficking and Forced Labor team joined the Director of the ILO’s Washington Office for an hour-long panel discussion on strategies to combat human trafficking and forced labor worldwide.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Research Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
  • Anne Stetson, Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
  • Nancy Donaldson, Director, ILO Washington Office
  • Roger-Claude Liwanga, Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

The Future of Burma: A Panel Discussion

November 19, 2013; 4:30 p.m.
Tsai Auditorium, Japan Friends of Harvard College Concourse, CGIS South

A Panel Discussion sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Harvard Global Equity Initiative.

Featured Speakers:

  • Professor Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor
  • Professor Arthur Kleinman, Victor and William Fun Director, Harvard University Asia Center
  • Professor David Dapice, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Department of Economics, Tufts University
  • Professor Adam Richards, Division of General Medicine, UCLA
  • Dr. Maung Zarni, Center for Democracy and Elections, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Ms. Hseng Noung, Shan Women Action Network and Women's League of Burma
  • Ms. Cheery Zahau, Human Rights Activist

Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen

November 4, 2013; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Barker Center, Room 211, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Fred Ritchin, Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, discussed his latest book, Bending the Frame, which examines the complex relations between social justice and photojournalism in today's oversaturdated political and media climates. This event was hosted by the Cultural Agents Initiative and was part of the HUMANITY EXPLORED series.


Acknowledge, Amend, Assist: Addressing Civilian Harm Caused by Armed Conflict and Armed Violence

October 31, 2013; 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Milstein West B, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

War Photographer Film Screening

October 28, 2013; 6:00 p.m.
Belfer B-200 Starr Auditorium, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA

A screening of War Photographer, the 2001 documentary about James Nachtwey, the highly accomplished war photographer. The screening was preceded by an introduction from South African photojournalist Greg Marinovich, a current Nieman Fellow and an associate of Nachtwey. This event was hosted by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and was part of the HUMANITY EXPLORED series.

Featured Speaker:

  • Greg Marinovich, Nieman Fellow, South African Photojournalist

Caught in Conflict: The Journeys of Child Soldiers

October 21, 2013; 6:00 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK St, Cambrdge, MA

This panel discussion tackled the problem of child soldiers around the world today. Panelists, like former child soldier Ishmael Beah and the UN's Leila Zerrougui, reflected on their personal experiences with this issue. This event served as the launch of a new report from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War program on the reintegration of former child soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. This event was hosted by the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and part of the HUMANITY EXPLORED series.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jimmie Briggs - Moderator, author of Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War
  • Ishmael Beah, former child soldier from Sierra Leone, author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  • Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Women in War program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations

Art as Science: The Role of Visual Data in Research

October 21, 2013; 1:00 p.m.
Rubenstein R-219 Carr Conference, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA

This brownbag discussion looked at different ways humanitarian researchers are incorporating visual data within their studies, specifically satellite imagery, conceptual mapping and photography. This event was hosted by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and part of the HUMANITY EXPLORED series.

Featured Speakers:

  • Vincenzo Bollettino - Moderator, HHI Executive Director
  • Beth Maclin, Research Coordinator, Women in War Program
  • Brittany Card, Data Analysis Manager, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
  • Will Cragin, Researcher, Women in War Program

World Disaster Report 2013: Panel Discussion

October 17, 2013; 4:00 p.m.
Center for Government and International Studies, CGIS South, Room S010, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

A panel discussion about the World Disaster Report 2013 featuring Harold W. Brooks, Senior Vice President, International Operations, American Red Cross; Patrick Vinck, Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Laura Howe, Vice President of Public Relations, American Red Cross; Rebecca E. Curzon, Senior Program Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM; Matthias Schmale, Under Secretary General, National Societies and Knowledge Development, IFRC; Gary Fowlie, Head of Liaison Office of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union.

World Disaster Report 2013 Launch: Live Web Seminar

October 17, 2013; 9:30 a.m.

A live web seminar hosted by HHI, IFRC, HPCR, American Red Cross for the launch of the World Disaster Report (WDR) 2013. WDR 2013 examines the profound impact of technological innocations on humanitarian action; how humanitarians employ technology in new and creative ways; and what risks and opportunities may emerge as a result of technological innovations.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Live Web Seminar

October 16, 2013; 12:30 p.m.

Featured Speakers:

  • Paul Spiegel, Deputy Director of the Division of Programma Support and Management at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Jennifer Leaning, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University
  • Michael VanRooyen, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Recep Akdag, Former Minister of Health, Turkey, and Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Jeanne Guillemin, Senior Advisor, MIT Security Studies Program, and Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons

The ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in a large-scale humanitarian crisis with important public health policy implications. An estimated two million Syrians have escaped to neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Millions more people remain displaced within Syria's borders. International inspectors have now entered Syria and have been tasked with the challenge of safely dismantling and destroying chemical weapons. This Forum event, presented in collaboration with PRI's The World and WGBH, examined the practicalities and decision-making driving the humanitarian response to this unfolding world event.

A video of the event can be found here.

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October 10, 2013; 5-8 p.m.
14 Story Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA

At this event, wine and cheese were served to accompany a viewing of projected and print photographs that explore human rights issues from around the world. Featured exhibits included Congo/Women, BLOOD/STONES, and Women Between Peace and War. This event was hosted by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Art Works Projects for Human Rights and part of the HUMANITY EXPLORED series.

La Teta Asustada / The Milk of Sorrow Film Screening

Tuesday, October 8, 2013; 5:30 p.m.
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

A film screening of La Teta Asustada/The Milk of Sorrow followed by a discussion with Kimberly Theidon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University. This event was hosted by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. This event is part of the HUMANITY EXPLORED series as well as the Democracy and Memory in Latin America fall 2013 collaborative.
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JULY 2013

Innovative Participatory Research with Former Child Soldiers in Eastern Congo

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 10:00 - 12:00 AM
Search for Common Ground
1601 Connecticut Ave NW
4th Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC

Featured speaker:

  • Jocelyn Kelly, Director for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's (HHI) Women in War program

The Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) have collaborated in conducting innovative research with former child soldiers in eastern DRC. In partnership with local organizations, this project used a participatory action approach with the aim of creating knowledge that is owned and used by and for the stakeholders. The preliminary results identify potential interventions to address at all stages -- from preventing recruitment of children to fostering successful reintegration.

APRIL 2013

Basurama: Creating a Framework for Designing Collectively with Waste

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:00 pm
Seminar Room 133, Barker Center
12 Quincy Street, Cambridge 

Featured speaker:

  • Pablo Rey Mazon, Visiting Scientist at MIT Center for Civic Media

Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination, and Segregation in Europe

Monday, April 8, 2013
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Held on International Roma Day, this event was the first conference at Harvard University to examine the rights of the Roma, Europe’s largest ethnic minority. In a unique interdisciplinary collaboration, the event was hosted by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in partnership with the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Center for European Studies at Harvard, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights/Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues.

Satellite Imagery and Innovation: What the Geospatial Revolution Means for Entrereneurship in the 21st Century

Monday, April 8, 2013, 6:00 pm
Harvard Innovation Lab, Batten Hall
125 Western Ave, Boston

Featured speaker:

  • Stephen Wood, Vice President of the Analysis Center at DigitalGlobe

National Conference on Wilderness and Travel Medicine

May 29 - June 2, 2013
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The symposium focused on ways to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection and prevention. It also addressd critical global health threats and how we might respond to some of the complex health issues that challenge us all. This optional symposium which preceded the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine was co-sponsored by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the University of Illinois Center for Global Health.

APRIL 2012


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Monday, April 23, 2012, 8:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center
Harvard College

Featured speakers:

  • Beth Maclin, Women in War Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Dr. Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Angela Ferrari, CNM, MS, Staff Nurse Midwife, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Harvard Haitian Alliance is sponsoring a panel regarding gender-based violence in Haiti and in general. In areas affected by natural disasters, there are serious implications for healthcare delivery in places where such violence is prevalent. Come learn about current measures being taken to combat such gender violence from public health experts! Refreshments will be served.




Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 6:30 pm
Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
BU Sargent College, Room 101
635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston


$10 General Public | $5 Members and Students (must present valid membership card or student id)

Nathaniel Raymond, Director of Operations for the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), will discuss his project's role in monitoring human rights abuses in Sudan by utilizing satellite imaging. Raymond will focus on SSP’s methodology and analyze some of its images, which can often be quite beautiful despite featuring horrific atrocities. Additionally, his talk will outline the relationship between human rights advocacy and photography, and he will provide useful applications from SSP for ground photography.

Please click here for more information on the event and registration.


The Right to Water Study Group

The Right to Water Study Group examines issues related to access to water and sanitation, human rights and international development. We have meetings scheduled on Tuesday evenings throughout the Spring 2011 semester. All are welcome. Click here for more information.




Emergency Surgery Workshop Davos 2011

Saturday, December 10
Davos, Switzerland

Recent mega-catastrophes, including the Wenchuan earthquake of May 2008 and the Haiti earthquake of January 2010, have caused extremely large numbers of casualties. Many of the people rescued have shown life-threatening trauma that has required immediate surgery. At times, the international response to such disasters has revealed highly questionable practices in the delivery of emergency medical assistance. This contrasts with a broader tendency in recent years to improve standards of humanitarian intervention.

The Emergency Surgery Workshop Davos 2011 will demonstrate how to improve the quality of medical response, in particular by clarifying:

  • efficient decision making in extremely stressful situations
  • treatment of complicated limb fractures under emergency conditions
  • questions about when and how amputation surgery is necessary
Participation is recommended for representatives and delegates from medical institutions, the health sector, international medical response teams, UN and international agencies, NGOs, the EU and other government organisations. For detailed information about the workshop, programme details and online registration please visit


The Gender and Security Seminar Series

This Fall 2011, the Gender and Security Seminar Series will discuss current developments in the three key principles of UN 1325, participation, protection and prevention. Notably, the US is poised to unveil its first National Action Plan on UN 1325 later this year. Sahana Dharmapuri, Associate Fellow at the Carr Center is leading this series. The Gender and Security Seminar will be held on Mondays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and last 60-minutes, with a combination of practitioner lecture and Q&A.



Using Crisis Mapping and Early Warning Systems for Humanitarian Relief: A Presentation by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Thursday, October 20
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Ash Center Lobby, 2nd Floor North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge

The Program on Crisis Leadership and the Crisis Management Student Group at HKS welcome Dr. Gregg Greenough and John Crowley of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), who will offer a joint presentation on the initiative's work concerning crisis mapping and early warning systems, a dynamic area of research that examines the use of information communications technologies in various conflict and disaster settings. In addition, they will briefly overview the initiative's early findings from its recent research on the humanitarian implications of climate change -- an increasingly important issue for the fields of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and disaster risk reduction.


All members of the Harvard community are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.


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Friday, October 7
5-6:30 p.m.
Barker Center, Room 133 (Plimpton Room), 12 Quincy Street

Free and open to the public

Jocelyn Kelly, MS, Director for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War Program

Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents, Ira Jewell Williams, Jr., Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African American studies
Michael VanRooyen, Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Co-Sponsored by: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, The Cultural Agents Initiative, Mahindra Humanities Center




Establishing Peace, Security, and Justice After Conflict: Perspectives from the UN

Tuesday, September 27
12-1:30 p.m.
CGIS South, Room S050, 1730 Cambridge St.

Please join us to hear United Nations Development Program officials discuss their experiences and the challenges they face developing policy and implementing programs to address peace, security, and justice in post-conflict societies.

Sofia Candeias, Chief of the Access to Justice Project in DRC at UNDP's Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery: “Women’s Access to Justice in Eastern DRC: from Emergency to Development”

Roma Bhattacharjea, Senior Gender Advisor for UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery: “The Global Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Evolving Issues and Questions”

Co-Sponsored by: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, The Committee on Ethnic Studies, Harvard College Project For Sustainable Development, Gender and Security Initiative @ The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, United Nations Development Program, Harvard College Human Rights Coalition



Michael VanRooyen, Director of HHI, HSPH Hot Topic Series Speaker

Michael VanRooyen  presented a lecture for the Harvard School of Public Health's Hot Topic Series called "Humanitarian Assistance in War and Disasters: Trends and Technologies" on August 16th  in FXB G-13. Visit the HSPH newsletter for more information on the Hot Topic Series.


JUNE 2011


Participatory Research Conference in Eastern Congo

The Eastern Congo Initiative and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative held a conference in Goma with local partners to launch a new project examining the reintegration of child soldiers into communities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project was based in Participatory Action Research, which fosters partnerships between local organizations, communities being affected by the research and the researchers to create a more inclusive and community-based process.

This project examined the experiences of child soldiers and their communities during the reintegration process. The conference consisted of 12 participants from 3 provinces representing 6 different communities. ECI and HHI covered broad themes including how to do research, spent time discussing ethical considerations around doing research on this topic and then did hands-on exercises to practice Photovoice and Body Mapping methodologies. Click here to follow the HHI's Women in War Program.


World Conference on Humanitarian Studies: Changing Realities of Conflict and Crisis

June 2-5, 2010
Tufts University
Medford, MA, USA

The Second World Conference of Humanitarian Studies (WCHS), organized by the International Humanitarian Studies Associational (IHSA) and hosted by Tufts University, Medford, USA (in collaboration with Harvard University, Columbia University and the Social Science Research Council) took place from 2 to 5 June 2011.

The conference marked a major step in ratcheting up the quality of our understanding of the dynamics of societies in crisis, the resultant greater use of evidence based humanitarian programming and an increased professional approach to humanitarian work. As with other professional fields, having a forum where cutting edge research can be presented and critiqued is a vital tool in moving the profession forward.



APRIL 2011


Consequences of Conflict

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Kresge G-1, 677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

Please join us for a multidisciplinary panel on tracing the effects of sexual violence on individuals, families  and communities in Democratic Republic of the Congodiscussion. Featuring:

  • Lwanzo Amani, Analyst, World Bank
  • Kate Burns, Senior Policy Officer for Gender Equality, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Amy Costello, Emmy-nominated Television and Radio Journalist
  • Jocelyn Kelly, Women in War Research Coordinator, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Moderated by Carol Cohn, Director, Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights

Open to the public, but photo ID required at entrance.


March 2011

humanitarian activities fairHumanitarian Activities Fair

Friday, March 25, 2011
2:00 - 5:00pm
Office of Career Services: 54 Dunster Street

The Humanitarian Activities Fair will showcase humanitarian activities run by members of the Harvard community. Connect with individuals focused on humanitarian efforts and become involved!

Participating organizations represent initiatives and activities at HSPH, Harvard College, HKS, Harvard GSD, and Harvard University: African Development Initiative, Circle of Women, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard College Red Cross, Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program, Harvard for Japan, Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum, International Development Conference, Initiative for Idjwi, Mass Design, Nika Water, Students Taking on Poverty, UnityAyiti.

Open to Harvard students, and co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services, Harvard College Young Humanitarians, and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. For more information, click here.



December 2010

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Comics in Ciudad de Juarez: Art in Violence Prevention

Dec 13, 2010, 5:30 pm
Barker Center 133

A collaboration between Cultural Agents Initiative and Mexico's Ministry of Culture (CONACULTA).

Click here or on the image at right to view a pdf poster for the event.









November 2010


Education in Emergencies: A case-study of Pakistan
Monday, November 1, 4:00 PM
Larsen Hall, G-08.
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates and smallest education budgets in the world. With the onset of the flooding, the BBC reports over 10,000 schools have been destroyed. Panelists shared the immediate and long-term consequences of the floods on the already precarious education system of Pakistan.


The Role of Surgery in Global Health

November 5, 2010 
8:00am - 4:00pm 
The Harvard Club of Boston
374 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 

This symposium brought together experts from global health, surgery, anesthesia, economics and public policy to discuss the important role of safe anesthesia, and emergency and essential surgery on population health.  Click here for more information.

Featured Speakers:

  • Atul Gwande, MD, MPH
  • Dean Jamison, PhD
  • Charlie Mock, MD, PhD
  • Angela Enright, MD
  • Kavi Bhalla, PhD

October 2010

2nd International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) 2010: Haiti and Beyond

October 1-3, 2010

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Leveraging mobile platforms, computational linguistics, geospatial technologies, and visual analytics to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies.

October 1 = Open to the public
October 2 & 3 = By invitation only

The purpose of ICCM 2010 was to bring together the most engaged practitioners, scholars, software developers and policymakers at the cutting edge of crisis mapping to address and assess the role of crisis mapping and humanitarian technology in the disaster response to Haiti. ICCM 2010 brought together the major players working on Haiti earthquake response to identify lessons learned and formulate best practices for the use of technology in future crises.


ICCM 2010 followed the highly successful ICCM 2009 event which brought together many of the actors currently responding in Haiti to foster a closer network of collaboration. ICCM 2010 will therefore bring together actors from the CrisisMappers network and beyond including high-level policy makers, leading scholars, seasoned humanitarian practitioners and innovative software and technology developers.

For more information on ICCM 2010 visit the Crisis Mappers website here


"Depicting Conflict: The Role of the Photojournalist": An "Our World At War" Exhibit Event

Thursday, October 14, 2010icrc_poster_screenshot_2
5:00pm - 7:00pm
CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room
1730 Cambridge St.

Speakers included:
Thorne Anderson, Former Nieman Fellow & Photographer
Sharon Sliwinski, Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario
Simon Schorno, Spokesman, Head of Media Relations, ICRC
Moderator: Gary Knight, Co-Founder, VII Photo Agency

"Our World At War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines"

September 9 - October 14, 2010
CGIS South Concourse
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

HHI hosted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) "Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines" photography exhibit through October 14th, 2010. This traveling exhibit, created in partnership with the Newseum in Washington, DC, featured the work of five award-winning photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency. "Our World at War" offered powerful images of the impact of conflict on civilians in Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, and the Philippines.


September 2010

"Drawing A Distinction Between Civilians and Combatants": An "Our World At War" Exhibit Event

September 22, 2010
5:00pm - 7:00pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium
1730 Cambridge St.

Open to the public.

• Naz Modirzadeh, Associate Director, Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR)
• Jocelyn Kelly, Gender-based Violence Research Coordinator, HHI
• Nick Nobbs, Delgate to the Armed Forces, ICRC
• Gregg Greenough, Director of Research, HHI


April 2010


The Psycho-Social Consequences of War, Violence and Displacement on Iraqi Children: Needs and Solutions

Thursday, April 29th, 2:30pm-3:30pm
HSPH Kresge 201
Speakers: Michael VanRooyen & AbdulKareem Al-Obaidi

Please join us for an HHI Global Chat presentation with HHI Director, Michael VanRooyen and Iraqi psychiatrist, AbdulKareem Al-Obaidi. Dr. Al-Obaidi will discuss the impact war has had on the children of Iraq and how to best cope with these critical issues. Light refreshments will be served.



The Global Health Impact of War on Vulnerable Populations

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 12:30 - 1:20 PM
Harvard School of Public Health
Room G1/Snyder Auditorium
677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

The Division of Public Health Practice and Student Advisory Committee is pleased to present the 2009-2010 Barry R. Bloom Public Health Practice Leadership Speaker Series. Dr. Jennifer Leaning will speak on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

A light lunch will be served. Q&A will follow the lecture.

2nd Annual Global Health Conference: raising the profile of pediatric non-communicable diseases

April 21, 2010, 12:00 to 4:30pm
Folkman Auditorium
Enders Building
300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Please RSVP for lunch by April 7 to globalhealthconference@childrens.harvard.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Featuring: Judith Palfrey, MD, Joshua Salomon, PhD, R. Krishna Kumar, Marc Mitchell, MD, MS, and Howard Hiatt, MD

Sponsored by:
Children's Hospital Boston Center for Global Pediatrics, Harvard Institute of Global Health, Al-Mishari Hospital (Saudi Arabia), Harvard School of Public Health



Decisions in Disaster: The Ethical Issues in Humanitarian Intervention Conference

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The conference was about ethical issues arising from natural disasters and disaster relief, similar to what has recently occurred in Haiti. Professor Jennifer Leaning, Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health delivered a keynote address. Dr. Sheri Fink, Senior Fellow with HHI, ran an interactive simulation with conference attendees based on the story of the physicians and patients trapped inside a New Orleans hospital in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: From Innovative Research to Innovative Policy?

Monday, April 12, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
University of Massachusetts Boston
Alumni Lounge, Campus Center, 2nd floor, Room 2552

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights held this panel discussion with: Jennifer Leaning, Elisabeth Wood, Pamela Delargy and Jennifer Klotsexual violence and armed conflict jpg

  • Jennifer Leaning, a public health expert with extensive field experience in human rights crises, is a professor of the practice of global health in the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Global Health and Population, former co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and director of the University's François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.
  • Elisabeth Wood is Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Professor of the Santa Fe Institute. Her current research and writing analyzes variation in war-time sexual violence, and focuses on questions such as when is wartime rape rare?
  • Pamela DeLargy, Chief of the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Humanitarian Response Unit (HRU), is responsible for provision of UNFPA's reproductive health support in conflict, natural disaster, and refugee situations. She has worked on refugee, forced migration, and women's health for twenty years, primarily in Africa and the Middle East.
  • Jennifer Klot is a Senior Advisor for the Social Science Research Council on HIV/AIDS, Gender and Security. She previously served as a Senior Adviser at the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on Governance, Peace and Security, and as a Policy Advisor on peace and security at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Global Chat: Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Cameroon

Wednesday, April 7, 12:30-1:30
Harvard School of Public Health

On April 7, we held a Global Chat presentation by HHI Faculty, Dr. Parveen Parmar and Dr. Stephanie Rosborough. They spoke about their recent research trip to Cameroon and explaining their findings on the prevalence of gender-based violence in the region. This event is open to the Harvard community and a light lunch will be served.


March 2010

Crisis in the Congo: Conflict Minerals, Sexual Violence, and War

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Center
Harvard Kennedy School

A panel discussion was held on sexual violence and conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The panel featured:

  • John Prendergast of the ENOUGH Project
  • Michael VanRooyen, Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Susan Bartels, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative


Home Is Where You Find It: How an AIDS Orphan's Story Can Promote Social Change

Monday, March 29, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
Center for Government and International Studies
South Building, Belfer Case Study Room
1730 Cambridge Street

HHI and the Cultural Agents Initiative will be hosting Dr. Neal Baer for the third seminar in their 2009-2010 series. Dr. Baer will be screening a film chronicling the story of an AIDS orphan in Mozambique. There will be a discussion and Q & A directly following the film. This event is open to the public.



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Thursday, March 4th, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Harvard School of Public Health
FXB Rm. G-12
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
HHI held a screening of "Women in War Zones: Sexual Violence in the Congo."  Attendees met the film maker and learned more about HHI's clinical and research work related to gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


February 2010

"Humanitarian Response to Haiti" Global Chat

Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30 - 1:30pm

FXB G-11
Harvard School of Public Health

The HSPH Student Government held a talk with HHI Faculty Member Dr. Stephanie Rosborough. Dr. Rosborough is the Director of International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Harvard Medical School Associate Faculty.

Global Chat is an interactive health forum wherein experts from around the world share experiences and expertise in an informal and informative setting.

Critical Issues of the Haiti Humanitarian Response

Wednesday, February 10, 4-6PM

Carr Center Conference Room
Rubenstein Building, 2nd Floor, Room 219
Harvard Kennedy School

Introductory Remarks by Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Chaired by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, Director, University Committee on Human Rights Studies

Panel presentations:

"Immediate Health and Public Health Needs of the Haitian Population--the View from a Field Hospital"

Stephanie Rosborough, MD, MPH
Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

"The Vulnerable Population -- Findings of the FXB-HHI Child Protection Assessment"

Brett Nelson, MD, MPH
Affiliate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Co-Director, Program on Children in Conflict and Crisis

"The Evolution of Crowd-sourced Data and Open Platforms for Response"

Patrick Meier, PhD (candidate)
Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Co-Director, Program on Crisis Mapping


Crisis in the Congo: Different Perspectives

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, All day jpg congo event
St. Michaels College, Colchester, VT

A day long series of speakers and workshops addressed one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

Speakers included: Herbert Weiss, Pierre Mujomba, Jocelyn Kelly, John Prendergast, Tatiana Carayannis, Maurice Carney, and Stephen Louis.

Click here or on the image to the right for a pdf of the program.

Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert

Friday, Fbenefit concertsmallebruary 12, 2010, 7PM

Sanders Theatre
Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge

In the aftermath of the earthquake, the Haitian people face unthinkable hardship, devastation, and destruction. The Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert brought members of Harvard's rich and talented arts community together to raise funds for the relief of our neighbors in Haiti. The concert featured over a dozen performances, including many of Harvard's vibrant dance companies and choral ensembles, including Kuumba, the Harvard Modern Dance Company, the Holden Choirs, and much more. The list of performers also included award winning instrumentalists such as internationally acclaimed violinist Ryu Goto '10, Charlie Albright '11, winner of the National Young Concert Artists Piano Competition, and jazz favorite Malcolm Campbell '10. All proceeds of the concert and related events went to Partners in Health, a Harvard affiliated organization which has worked in Haiti since 1987.

Watch a recording of the event by clicking here.


January 2010

The Haitian Crisis Symposium

Friday, January 29th, 4pm

Thompson Room, Barker Center
12 Quincy St.

This event was free and open to the public.

The Harvard The Committee on African Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research held this event.

Panelists included:

  • P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH, Research Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Jennifer Leaning, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
  • Patrcik Sylvain, African Languages Program, Harvard University
  • Marie-Louise Jean-Baptiste, Cambridge Health Alliance

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December 2009

African Refugees Artist Club and Youth Development: Art workshops at the UN Compound, Kakyma Refugee Camp in Kenya

December 8th, 2009, 6:30-8:00PM

Barker Center, Room 114

HHI and Cultural Agents Initiative held this seminar on the power of teaching art in refugee camps in East Africa. Sudanese artist and professor, Atem Aleu, shared his experiences and stories about creating and implementing art workshops in Kenyan, Sudanese, and Ugandan refugee camps. He gave a first-hand account of the positive impacts and challenges of taking on this kind of work. This event was open to the public.


November 2009

"Women and Health: Comprehensive Focus for Global Health"

Monday, November 2, 2009 4 p.m.

Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street,
Radcliffe Yard, 617-495-8600

Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture featuring: Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health

In recent years, health has been increasingly recognized as a central element of global security, sustainable economic development, and effective governance that promotes human rights. From the AIDS crisis and the influenza pandemic to the search for health-care reform, the entire world is facing common challenges, which can only be addressed through a renewal of international cooperation based on evidence, exchange, and empathy.

This event was free and open to the public. For more information, visit:


The Ethics of Triage In Disasters

Watch the event live here

Friday, November 13, 3-5:30PM

Harvard School of Public Health,
Kresge G2

HHI held this panel that covered themes discussed in Dr. Sheri Fink's NY Times Magazine article "Strained By Katrina, a Hospital Faced Deadly Choices" including: disaster triage, mass casualties, issues around critical care, end of life care, resource allocation and ethics.

Panelists will include:
Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, ProPublica Staff Reporter
Lachlan Forrow, MD, Harvard Medical School
Daniel Wikler, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health

The panel was moderated by Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, Former Co-Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative