Friday, April 1st
12 - 1:30PM
Panel Discussion: Housing and the Right to the City
University of Pittsburgh School of Law Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Ground Floor (3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)
Join Pitt Law’s Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice for a panel discussion regarding the PUSH documentary, directed by Fredrik Gertten. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unlivable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it's a different kind of monster. The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she's traveling the globe, trying to understand who's being pushed out of the city and why.
Monday, April 4th
12 - 1:30PM:
Public Lecture: Global & Local Strategies for Advancing Housing as a Human Right
Wesley Posvar Hall Room 4130 (230 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) and Zoom
As UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing, Ms. Farha worked to push governments to do more to protect residents’ access to safe and affordable housing. She continues to work with governments at local, national and global levels while also helping housing justice advocates make better use of international tools to defend and advance the right to housing.
View a recording of the lecture here.
2:30 - 3:30PM:
Press Conference: Housing as a Human Right in Pittsburgh
In partnership with the City of Pittsburgh Commision on Human Relations
Read the Commission of Human Relations' press release on Fair Housing Month here.
Tuesday, April 5th
6 - 8:30PM:
Campus Screening and Discussion: Push (2019)
Lawrence Hall Room 106 (3942 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)
PUSH is a documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? A discussion with Leilani Farha and Dr. Michael Glass, director of Pitt's Urban Studies Program, will follow the screening. University members can view the film at any time through the University Library System here.
View a recording of the discussion here.
Wednesday, April 6th
5 - 6:30PM:
Public Lecture: Using International Law and Institutions to Support Housing as a Human Right
Alcoa Room, Barco School of Law (3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)
Many local policy makers and legal practitioners remain unaware of the extensive body of international law and precedent upholding the internationally recognized human right to adequate housing. Farha will discuss this legal context and how the United Nations is working to support governments to do better and more to realize this most basic right for all residents. Pitt Law School/Hybrid event.
Thursday, April 7th
3 - 4:30PM
Undergraduate Roundtable Discussion: Right to Adequate Housing
Floor 35, Cathedral of Learning
This program will feature a brief talk by Leilani, opportunities to ask questions and talk about housing rights, and space to talk about action steps in Pittsburgh and the world. Coffee and food will be provided!
6 - 8PM
American Apartheid Cities: Human Rights Strategies for Advancing Racial and Housing Justice, A Community Action Dialogue
Hill District Community Engagement Center (1908 Wylie Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
Join our panel of community leaders as they share examples of how Pittsburghers are working to advance housing justice in our city and to engage with our international guest, Ms. Leilani Farha, in explorations of how we can make more use of global alliances and international legal strategies in efforts to protect and promote housing as a human right.
Randall Taylor, Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition
Teireik Williams, CMU CREATElab
Jason Beery, Urbankind Institute
Ed Nusser, Executive Director of City of Bridges Community Land Trust
Moderated by Jam Hammond, Executive Director of Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations
Watch a recording of the Community Action Dialogue here.
Sponsored and Supported by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, School of Law, Pitt Law's Center for Institutional Legal Education, Pitt Law's Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice, Department of Sociology, Urban Studies Program, University Honors College, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, and the City of Pittsburgh's Commision on Human Relations