Roma Conference: Culture Beyond Borders

April 11, 2017
Roma Conference: Culture Beyond Borders

The Roma are one of the most “haunted and vilified populations in the history of the world,” said Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Director of Harvard University’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, in her opening comments for the Fifth Annual Roma Conference on April 10. Hosted by the FXB Center with cosponsors from across the arts, sciences, and humanities at Harvard, the conference drew Roma artists, writers, and scholars from around the world. The event began with a solo theater performance of Roma activist-actress Alina Serban’s “I Declare at My Own Risk,” followed by lectures and panel discussions on Roma identity in literature, scholarship, and the arts. The event launched and celebrated a new book, Realizing Roma Rights, edited by Professor and FXB Research Director, Jacqueline Bhabha, Polish Roma activist, Andrzej Mirga, and FXB Center Director of the Roma Program at Harvard, Margareta Matache. The FXB Center is collaborating with the Incubator to develop innovative narratives for global health education across disciplines.