August 2012 Archives

New Human Rights Course Offerings

johnson.jpgWelcome back to campus! The Human Rights Program has revamped its curriculum this summer. Whether you're a graduate or undergraduate student, we have a few new course offerings this fall with seats still open. The human rights internship course, which is usually only offered in the spring, will be taught by Doug Johnson, the former director of the Center for Victims of Torture. Joachim Savelsberg, professor of Sociology, is offering a graduate level course on atrocity and the law that will be co-taught by John Hagan of Northwestern Law School.

tunheim.jpgThis fall, the University of Minnesota has the privilege of hosting numerous experts at the intersection of human rights and terrorism. Guest lecturers will speak to Professor JaneAnne Murray's "Law and Terrorism" class as well as Professor Kathryn Sikkink's "Human Rights and Democracy in the World" class. The Monday afternoon lectures during Professor Sikkink's course will be open to the public throughout the semester.

Federal District Court Judge Tunheim (pictured) will speak on November 26.

3figures.jpgThe Student Advisory Board, ten highly motivated undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota, connects the Human Rights Program and the U's undergraduate student community. These students hail from Global Studies, Political Science, Economics, Social Justice, Journalism, Psychology, and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. Starting next semester, the Student Advisory Board will coordinate student efforts to promote human rights on campus. Keep an eye out for Student Advisory Board events!

EndingTortureNow.jpgCarrying on in the tradition of renowned public officials from Minnesota who have promoted human rights, Representative Keith Ellison spoke to a full house in Minneapolis on Monday, August 13, saying, "Democracy works because citizens stand up and make demands" of their government, and "it's time to demand accountability." More than 150 activists, students, and community members turned out at Mayflower Church UCC for Amnesty International and Women Against Military Madness's "Ending Torture Now Town Hall Forum."

Human Rights Program at the State Fair

statefair.jpgThe Human Rights Program will have a booth in the U of M Building at the State Fair again this year. We'll be there on Thursday, August 23 from 3-9 pm, Friday, August 24 from 9 am-5 pm, and Friday, August 31 from 1-5 pm. Stop by to try your hand at our human rights trivia game for a chance to win some great prizes!

barblaura.jpgThis past July Laura Matson, who is pursuing a joint degree in law and geography, spent two weeks observing United Nations meetings and forging relationships with delegates from around the world. For one week, Laura and Human Rights Program director Barbara Frey were in Geneva to participate in the session of the Human Rights Committee, after which they travelled to New York City to observe the conclusion of negotiations regarding a proposed Arms Trade Treaty.

Ending Torture Now: Moving Forward by Looking Backwards

torture.jpg On Monday, August 13, Amnesty International and Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) are hosting Congressman Keith Ellison, HRP director Barbara Frey, and former executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture Dog Johnson for a town hall-style discussion around the 10th anniversary of the Bush Justice Department's so-called "torture memos," written by former Justice Department officials John Yoo and Jay Bybee on August 1, 2002.

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