December 2011 Archives

Shannon Golden's Field Research in Uganda

Human Rights minor Shannon Golden, a PhD candidate in Sociology, spent most of 2011 in Uganda conducting field research for her dissertation on community reconstruction after atrocity. This slideshow documents her process. First, Shannon spent time getting to know the communities in which she conducted interviews. Then, with a team of research assistants from Uganda, she interviewed people from three villages to find out what they thought about rebuilding following atrocity. Currently, Shannon is analyzing the interviews, and she will begin to write her dissertation soon.

Write for Rights Day!

In honor of International Human Rights Day (December 10), Amnesty International hosts the largest human rights event in the world: Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon. Hundreds of thousands of people write letters, participate in postcard campaigns, and demand that the human rights of individuals around the world are respected, protected, and fulfilled. Last year, the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights hosted an event on the University of Minnesota campus that saw 350 people write over 800 letters. This year, we have coordinated our efforts to present students with letters, postcards, and petition signatures written to local, state, national, and international leaders on topics including human trafficking, LGBT rights, torture, and immigration detention, along with letters provided by Amnesty International on rights of prisoners of conscience.

Come join us in the Willey Hall Atrium from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, to stand up for human rights!

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