October 2011 Archives

Recognizing the importance of women's situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Human Rights Program and the Advocates for Human Rights are presenting a two-phase Conference on Women of War: The Struggle of Afghan and Iraqi Women for Democracy. The first phase of the conference will consist of a panel discussing issues of war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the impact of the United States' exit strategy on women's rights. The Advocates' Women's Program Director Cheryl Thomas will moderate the panel. Panelists include Anila Daulatzai, a professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University; Haider Hamza, an Iraqi Photo Journalist; and Yousef Baker, a sociology PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This event is free and open to the public.

November 1, 2011
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota Law School
Walter F. Mondale Hall, Room 30

My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights

On Monday, October 9th, the Human Rights Program and the Creative Writing Program held a conference entitled My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights. The conference featured prominent writers and professors from the University of Minnesota and Kingston University in London.

Video from My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights

If you couldn't make it to the conference, or just want to see it again, here is the video. Part 1 covers the first panel (The Voice of Human Rights: Teaching Narrative Writing), as well as the keynote speech by Jim Dawes. Part 2 covers the second panel (Reading Across Borders and Genres: Linking the Humanities and Social Sciences in Human Rights Curricula).

Part 1

Part 2

The Advocates for Human Rights presents "Migrant Rights: The Perilous Journey from Central America to the United States," an event featuring Nancy Garcia. Garcia is visiting from Oaxaca, Mexico, where she works for the non-profit migrant support center COMI (Center for the Orientation of Migrants). The Center is integrally linked to the national migrant support network and provides services such as workshops and orientation for migrants and a point of contact and referral for family members of migrants trying to locate their displaced loved ones. Nancy will speak about migration trends in Oaxaca (as a place of origin, transit, and return) and about the experience of migrants from Central America as they travel across Mexico. Recently, she has been active in events organized in Oaxaca to bring attention to the violence and dangers that Central American migrants face on their way north.

The event will be held at The Advocates for Human Rights (330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55401) on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 from noon - 1 PM. Questions should be directed to Sarah Herder at sherder@advrights.org or 612-746-4691.

Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN)

Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN)'s mission is to be a forum for international practitioners and supporters to learn, network, and exchange professional expertise. The core focus of the work is the exchange between practitioners who work in Minnesota-based NGOs that work abroad. Visit the organization's website for more information.

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