Concern about human rights crosses campus in many departments and disciplines. One is CLA's Institute for Global Studies, which is holding a conference this week - UNDERGRADUATE INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE - and Friday's keynote looks like an important event.
Karina Ansolabehere, a visiting professor with the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota for the 2012-13 academic year. She holds a professorship at FLACSO (Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences) in Mexico is a leading voice in the academic study of human rights and democracy in Latin America.
Her presentation is titled "Future Challenges for Human Rights in Mexico" and will be held in 1210 Heller Hall this Friday, April 5th, 12:30-1:30pm.
So, What's up with Human Rights in Mexico?
A February article inn the New York Times notes that:
"Nearly 150 people and possibly hundreds more have disappeared at the hands of Mexico's police and military during the drug war with little or no investigation of the cases, a human rights group said Wednesday, as it called on the new government to account for the country's missing."
We may not have disappearances like that today in the U.S., but around the world, many people live in fear today. However, that was certainly the situation for many Blacks and other civil rights workers in the American South 50 years ago.
Those who ignore history, as George Santayana pointed out, are bound to see it repeated.
A program certainly worth an hour of your time!