Nov 3, 2015
6:00pm - 8:30pm    |    Furman Hall Room 604, NYC


This session is only open to NYU Law Students. Registration required. Register here.

Light dinner and refreshments will be provided


About the skills-building series

In recent years, NYU law students focused on public interest law and human rights have expressed a desire for more opportunities to develop practical skills that may improve their chances of obtaining employment in their fields of interest following graduation. In response, the Public Interest Law Center (PILC), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights have decided to jointly organize a series of inter-disciplinary skill-building sessions throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. There will be two interactive evening sessions per semester, beginning in the fall semester. These sessions are targeted at NYU law students interested in pursuing public interest careers and non-traditional lawyering jobs.

About this session: Data Visualization and Human Rights

Data can become evidence, make patterns visible, and help us visualize change. It can even surprise you by revealing new perspectives or previously unknown situations. New technologies have unlocked a world of high quality, freely accessible data on the web — and made it easy to create collaborative data sets of your own. This workshop will look at examples of how data visualization can be used for advocacy work, and how to use visualization to make your message clear, compelling, and engaging. Participants will learn tips for creating powerful presentations and about design techniques that can be used to visualize situations and help plan tactics and strategy.

This is an introductory session and does not require previous graphics or data experience. Attendees are invited to peruse the booklet “Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design,” downloadable at

About the facilitator
author_photoJohn Emerson is a Research Scholar with CHRGJ, focusing on the use of data-visualization tools for human rights advocacy. He is an activist, graphic designer, writer, and programmer based in New York City. He has designed web sites, printed materials and motion graphics for leading media companies as well as for local and international non-profit organizations including Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the United Nations. His writing about graphic design has been published in Communication Arts and PRINT, featured in Metropolis, HOW, and The Wall Street Journal. Since 2002, he has published Social Design Notes, a weblog of writings and clippings on design and activism at Follow John on Twitter at @backspace.



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