3.21.17 Human Rights Film Series: We Still Live Here

We Still Live Here Poster

Join us for a screening of


(2010, Director Anne Makepeace)

4:00 – 6:00pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center
University of Connecticut

Featuring a post-show discussion with

Project Founder, Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project

Free Admission

We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, a language that was silenced for more than a century.  The Wampanoag Indians’ forebears ensured the survival of the first English settlers in America – the ‘Pilgrims,’ and lived to regret it. A century ago, after nearly 300 years of contact, their language virtually disappeared. Now, spurred on by an indomitable Wampanoag woman named Jessie Littledoe Baird, recent winner of a MacArthur genius award for her unprecedented linguistic work, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back to life.
Like many Native American stories, this one begins with a vision. Years ago, Jessie Little Doe, a young Wampanoag social worker, began having recurring dreams: familiar-looking people from another time addressing her in an incomprehensible language.  Jessie was perplexed and a little annoyed– why couldn’t they speak English? Later, she came to believe that they were speaking Wampanoag, a language no one had used for more than a century. These events sent her on an odyssey that would uncover hundreds old documents written in Wampanoag, lead her to a Masters in Linguistics at MIT with Noam Chomsky, and result in her accomplishing something that had never been done before – bringing a language with no Native speakers alive again. Her six-year-old daughter, Mae Alice, is the first Native speaker in a century.
The film interweaves contemporary verité scenes of language reclamation with commentary and expressionistic animation that reveal dark moments in New England history– epidemics, missionary pressures, land loss, and the indenture of Native children – that nearly obliterated Wampanoag culture Ruth Lingford’s devastatingly powerful animation provides powerful visuals as Wampanoags recount these horrific events. The film ends on a hopeful note, with an image of Jessie’s youngest daughter, the first Native speaker in a century.

Sponsored by
The Human Rights Institute
The Department of Curriculum & Instruction
The Teacher Preparation Program
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

3.20.17 Beyond the Field: Jessica Luther on College Football and the Politics of Rape

Monday, March 20, 2017
4:00 – 6:00pm
Konover Auditorium

Jessica Luther is a freelancUnsportsmanlike Conducte writer and journalist who primarily focuses on sports violence off the field as well as college football and sexual assault. Her book, Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape, covers the vast number of sexual assault cases directly related to athletic departments on college campuses across the United States. While Luther has primarily focused on sexualized violence within the athletic world, the knowledge she possesses regarding this subject matter allows her to delve into the intricacies of this complex issue that is prevalent throughout college campuses and our society.

The Beyond the Field: Social Issues in Sport Lecture Series is sponsored by the Sport Management Program

For more information contact beyondthegamelecture@gmail.com


2.27.17 Moral Injury after War: Remembrance, Recovery, and Reconciliation

Monday, February 27, 2017
5:00 – 6:30pm
Konover Auditorium

Presentations by
Joe Brett
David Wood*

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood and decorated veteran Joseph Brett expose a little-known yet universal truth about brave warriors. Exemplary acts of courage often turn into self-doubt and confusion after war, resulting in “moral injury.”

*Book signing by David Wood from 6:30-7:00pm

Free and open to the Public

David WoodDavid Wood has covered war and conflict around the world for more than 35 years. His second book, What Have we Done: the Moral Injury of our Longest Wars, is based on his deep reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan and on veterans after they return. Wood is the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post, where his series on severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

As a Washington-based correspondent since 1980, Mr. Wood has reported on national security issues at the White House, Pentagon and State Department, and has covered conflicts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central America. He has accompanied U.S. military units in the field many times, both on domestic and overseas training maneuvers. He is a Future of War Fellow at New America.



Joe BrettJoseph Brett has been a veterans’ champion since his military service in Vietnam. He speaks on a range of veterans’ issues and volunteers his experience to assist in recovery from PTSD and moral injury. He is vice president of the Veterans Heritage Project, an Arizona 501c3 which connects students in 25 high schools with veterans. Their stories are put into books that are sent to the Library of Congress.

Mr. Brett created and co-hosted the podcast radio shows Veterans Heritage Hour, and Front and Center USA, recorded at Arizona State University with guests from the New America-ASU collaboration on the Center on the Future of War. He also produced two veteran-centric films at Scottsdale Community College Film School. Mr. Brett holds a Master’s Degree with a focus on International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has worked in Indonesia and the former Soviet Union.


Two adjacent exhibits by photographer Robin Albarano and co-curator Jordan Kiper bring attention to the issues of moral wounds and veteran legacies after war. “A Legacy of Veteran Expressions after War” and “Recovery and Reconciliation after the Yugoslav Wars” will be on exhibit until February 28 and March 14, respectively. Brett and Kiper are currently undertaking a reconciliation project with Yugoslav veterans.

Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Human Rights Institute, UConn Humanities Institute, the Humility and Conviction in Public Life Project, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the Department of Philosophy, and the James Barnett Chair of Humanistic Anthropology.

2.21.17 Human Rights Film Series: Chile’s Student Uprising

Chile's Student Uprising
Join us for a screening of


(2014, Director Roberto Navarrete)

4:00 – 5:30pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center
University of Connecticut

Featuring a post-show discussion with

Prof. Eliana Rojas

Free Admission

Chile’s Student Uprising tells the story of the student protests taking place in Chile today demanding a free and state-funded education system and radical change in society. The film puts the protests in their historical context of widespread dissatisfaction with the economic model put in place under the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), but that still remains largely in place.

The film’s director travelled to Chile between 2011 and 2013 to speak to then student leaders such as Camila Vallejo and Giorgio Jackson, and also to ordinary students, to explore why their protests have caused such effect in Chile and inspired others in the country and beyond.

Sponsored by
The Human Rights Institute
The Department of Curriculum & Instruction
The Teacher Preparation Program
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

1.20.17 The People’s Inauguration

Crowd at Inauguration

Friday, January 20, 2016
10:30am – 1:30pm

Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

On Friday, January 20th come join the members of the UConn community as we stand up for the values of human rights, justice, and solidarity.  Together, we will mark the inauguration of the next chapter in American history by embodying the kind of community we aspire to be–inclusive, indivisible, equitable, and democratic–and share the words, poems, thoughts, performances, and insights that will sustain us as we work together.



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Come to listen, share, and reflect

Our Goal:

To provide a space and time on Inauguration Day for members of the UConn Community to come together, listen to each other, and reflect on the values that make our University ours.

Students, faculty, staff and anyone who considers themselves a part of the UConn community are invited to attend and share a short reading (maybe an excerpt from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), poem (maybe Langston Hughes’ Let America Be America Again), performance (maybe something like this piece), or story (maybe your story).

Just keep it short (no more than 5 minutes) and affirming on this day of new beginnings.




What’s in a Name? Rethinking Quinnehtukqut

A Dialogue on Indigenous Rights and the Politics of (Re)Naming Places, Holidays, and Mascots

Monday, December 19, 2016
1:15pm – 3:00pm
Laurel Hall 202

1625 Map of Connecticut

How do the names of the places where we live affect our understanding of ourselves and each other?  What does it mean to erase or appropriate Indigenous names and traditions?  What do our holidays and mascots say about what and who we value? Come participate in a critical dialogue about these contested battles over historical naming practices and contemporary efforts at renaming. Some examples include the alteration of Quinnehtukqut to Connecticut, the “United Colonies” to the United States of America, Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, and the renaming and replacing of school mascots.

Part of UConn’s Humility and Conviction in Public Life project, this “Small Talk” is organized as part of the Connecticut Human Rights and Youth Action Summit. Focus will be on furthering dialogue by offering a space where CT high school students, teachers, and members of the UConn community can come together to discuss, challenge and question their own positions on these often divisive issues. By encouraging informed and informal conversations on some of today’s most provocative questions, “Small Talks” aims to strengthen our capacities to know each other and ourselves and practice the skills of intellectually humble and respectful dialogue.


Sponsored by the UConn Humanities Institute

2016 CT Human Rights and Youth Action Summit

Image taken from UConn Archives & Special Collections
Image taken from UConn Archives & Special Collections

Join us Monday, December 18th from 8am – 3pm for the first Connecticut Human Rights in Action Youth Summit

Our first (of many!) Connecticut Human Rights in Action Youth Summit will be held on December 18th! During this summit we will confirm our commitment as a community to uphold the rights of every human being, educate ourselves and others as to the crucial issues we face today, and move toward active, participatory, and sustainable change.

You can learn more about summit information including, the summit outline, objectives, schedule, and student project information here.


2017 Dodd Prize Nominations – Now through Dec. 15th

Nominations for the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights have been extended to December 15th, 2016. The Prize is awarded biennially by the University of Connecticut and is presented to an individual or group who has made a significant effort to advance the cause of international justice and global human rights. The Dodd Prize will be awarded during the Fall of 2017 at the University of Connecticut. Recipients are honored at an awards ceremony and make a public presentation to the university community and members of the general public.

You can learn more about nominations and the Dodd Prize here.

11.15.16 Human Rights Films Series: The Clay Bird

2016-2017 Human Rights Film Series
The Cinema of Social Justice: The Films of Tareque and Catherine Masud

(Matir Moina)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Konover Auditorium

Dodd Center

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Featuring a post-show discussion on
divided identity and representations of Islam

with UConn students
Farzana Zubair
Rubayet Lasker

moderated by
Catherine Masud

Public Reception to Follow

Free Admission

Sponsored by
the Human Rights Institute
the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
the Nazrul Committee of Connecticut
the Asian and Asian American Cultural Center
the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute