March 2013 Archives

Development, Humanitarianism, and the Power of Ideas

schwartzatwood.jpgDuring the afternoon session of the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum's Business Day, Dean and Professor Eric Schwartz of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with Former Dean and Professor Brian Atwood, responded to critical issues of international relations in a discussion titled Development, Humanitarianism, and the Power of Ideas. The hour-long discussion was moderated by Tom Weber of MPR News, and featured the professors' responses to questions penned by a full house at Ted Mann Concert Hall, as well as viewers watching the Forum's live stream online.

Martha Nussbaum on the Current Global Education Crisis

Nussbaum.jpgWorld-renowned intellectual Martha Nussbaum visited the University of Minnesota on March 7 to share her perspective on the current global education crisis, which she argues rivals the recent economic crisis in terms of long-term damaging effects. Nussbaum's newest book, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, explores the impact of the trend toward education for profitability on the future of democratic governance. The focus on highly applied skills has led to the creation of an education system directed at molding "useful machines rather than complete citizens."

karina1.jpgDuring a presentation to the undergraduate class "Law and (In)Justice in Latin America" on Tuesday, March 6, visiting professor Karina Ansolabehere characterized the Mexican criminal justice system as one bent on social control rather than accountability, rights-protections, social reconstruction, or even retribution for crimes committed. Despite a significant reform effort in 2008, which had been encouraged by both human rights activists and those involved in criminal law, the system remains highly inefficient and fails to provide rights protections.

Can We Afford to Forgive Atrocities?

In Guatemala next month, the former dictator EfraĆ­n Rios Montt will become the first head of state ever tried on genocide charges in a domestic court. Not all such efforts to prosecute crimes against humanity have proceeded peacefully. Still, the quest to bring war criminals and vicious leaders to justice in international or domestic courts is part of a global trend toward greater accountability for human rights violations. But do trials help secure peace after war, civil conflict and repression? Does the threat of prosecution make dictators more reluctant to step down? Would it be better for democracy if survivors could forgive perpetrators and move on? Continue reading...

barbmex.jpgOn March 4th and 5th, Professor Barbara Frey directed a training program with Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos (CADHAC) in Monterrey, a city located in the Nuevo Leon region of Mexico. During the workshop, titled "Towards Human Rights Advocacy," Frey discussed tactics and strategies for peace in the defense of human rights. This workshop signaled the commencement of a program of activities undertaken by CADHAC for 2013, as the organization celebrates its 20th year of human rights work, an accomplishment that brings both excitement and frustration.

3rd Annual He(art) Show is Now Accepting Submissions

heart.jpgThe 3rd Annual He(art) Show will be held on April 19, 2013 at The Friction Collective in Minneapolis. The show will feature work from all art media and will include performances by local bands, as well as guest speakers and activists that are working to eliminate LGBTQ discrimination. Proceeds from the show this year will benefit the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition. All submissions are due by March 19. Continue reading to see more information about how to submit artwork or volunteer at this year's He(art) Show.

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