6:30 - 7:00pm Reception with light snacks and refreshments
7:00 - 7:45pm Presentation
7:45 - 8:00pm Q&A
James C. Harrington, a human rights attorney who has written widely about Turkey, will discuss Turkey’s downspin from the days it looked as if the country would be a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. Harrington will also speak about the attempted coup in July and its effect on providing justification for President Erdoğan’s’ increasing authoritarianism and its impact on United States relations.
Jim Harrington, a human rights attorney with more than four decades of experience, is founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, a nonprofit foundation that promotes civil rights and economic and racial justice throughout Texas for low-income people. He graduated from the School of Law at the University of Detroit in 1973, from where he also holds a Masters in philosophy. He taught for 27 years at the University of Texas School of Law and continues to teach undergraduate writing courses at the university in civil liberties and history-making trials. Harrington has handled landmark civil rights cases, written and published broadly, and served on human rights delegations in different areas of the world.