Human Rights In Transit (Podcasts)

Human Rights in Transit is a podcast hosted by a collaborative network of faculty and graduate students at Ohio State University invested in thinking critically about human rights, the human, and the environment. Podcasts feature dialogues and interviews on the vital and myriad forms of scholarship, critical thinking, and activism relating to human rights in transit.  In addition, the concept of “in transit” refers to the circulation of knowledge/experiences between disciplines and between the OSU campus, local community, and wider contexts. For more information, please visit the Human Rights in Transit web site.

Thinking Across Refugee and Indigenous (Re)Settlement

In this episode, we feature a dialogue between Professors Amy Shuman and Daniel Rivers on the interconnections between the refugee and resettlement experiences of Indigenous Americans and those coming from other countries. Not often considered in relation to one another, there are important similarities, tensions, differences, and possibilities for solidarity in thinking across the forced migration and resettlement imposed by settler colonialism and the resettlement of refugees from other countries coming to the United States.

Problematizing Humanitarian Intervention in Latin America

In this episode, Malia Lee Womack, a PhD/MA student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Latin American Studies (respectively), interviews Dr. Katherine Borland, an Associate Professor of Folklore Studies and Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. In their conversation they explore the complexities of United States students volunteering in and providing aid to Latin America, and examine human rights strategies and grassroots organizing occurring in the region.  Womack and Borland consider in what ways disadvantaged communities are generally more able to identify the problems they face and the most ideal solutions to these problems.  Given the value of grassroots organizing and critiques of imperial intervention in Latin America, what obligations do wealthier nations and their citizens have to contribute to the empowerment of people in Latin American countries?  How should this intervention be modeled?

What is a sanctuary city?

In this episode, we discuss the issue of sanctuary, which is now widely discussed in local governments and university campuses across the nation.  With the recent rise in political rhetoric and policies that aim to detain and deport undocumented migrants/immigrants in the United States, many are asking for sanctuary policies. But, what does this mean? What is a sanctuary city? In this episode, Dr. Mathew Coleman of OSU’s Department of Geography shares a wealth of knowledge about the history and practice of sanctuary.  Importantly, he clarifies that sanctuary is not a form of amnesty, but rooted in community policing practices that are tied to previous waves of Central Americans seeking refuge in the United States. Sanctuary policies have sought, through community policing practices, to have a positive impact on vulnerable populations and community safety.  Listen in for an in-depth discussion of sanctuary past and present.