2.21.17 Human Rights Film Series: Chile’s Student Uprising

Chile's Student Uprising
Join us for a screening of

CHILE’S STUDENT UPRISING

(2014, Director Roberto Navarrete)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
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.

 

 

How It Works:

Choose your reading
(5 minute max)

then

Sign up for a time now

or

Sign up at the event

and

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.

 

 


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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

THE CLAY BIRD
(Matir Moina)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

3:30PM-5:30PM

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
Filmmaker

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
and
the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute

11.10.16 Children’s Literature and Human Rights

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Join us for the presentation of

the 2016 Raab Associates Prize

and a discussion of

Human Rights, Children’s Literature,
and the Art of Youth Activism

featuring

Prof. Jonathan Todres

Author of Human Rights in Children’s Liteature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Pegi Deitz Shea

Author of numerous books for young people including Abe in Arms (PM Press, 2010) and The Carpet Boy’s Gift (Tilbury House, 2003)
and

Reven Smith

Spoken word poet, musician, writer, social activist, and UConn student

Thursday, November 10, 2016

4:00 – 6:00pm

Konover Auditorium

Dodd Center
University of Connecticut

Public Reception to Follow


ABOUT THE RAAB PRIZE

The Raab Associates Prize has been given since 1999 to give University of Connecticut students the opportunity to learn about illustrating for children and the children’s literature field. The competition was created and sponsored by Susan Salzman Raab, founder and co-owner of Raab Associates, a children’s book marketing agency based in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. This year, for the first time, the prize has focused on human rights, and specifically children’s rights, and represents a joint effort between UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the School of Fine Arts.  Ms. Raab, who is also a 1980 UConn alumna with a degree in English, especially wants to encourage and support people who have interests in the arts and in human rights. The competition is held annually and the prize is awarded to students enrolled in the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts’ illustration courses.

If you are an individual who requires an accommodation to participate or have questions, please contact the Dodd Center.

11.2.15 Native Solidarity, Indigenous Rights, and Social Justice

Mashantucket Pequot Delegation at Standing Rock

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

3:30PM – Public Reception

4:00PM – Panel Discussion with Q&A

Asian American Cultural Center
Student Union
University of Connecticut

Featuring members of
the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Delegation to Standing Rock including

 

Tahnee Growingthunder

Museum Educator

Jason Mancini

Executive Director

Chris Newell

Education Supervisor

Nakai Northup

Museum Educator

Cliff Sebastian

Marketing & Development Associate

endawnis Spears

Group Coordinator

If water is life, the protectors at the encampment at Standing Rock, North Dakota are there to protect all living things; not just the indigenous life ways of native people. Recently a contingency of Mashantucket Pequot tribal members and museum representatives have returned from their travels to Standing Rock. They will be sharing their experiences, answering questions, and discussing ways that all people can work to support the efforts of protectors now, for our shared future together.


Co-sponsored by

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion

10.28.16 Race and Revolution: Exploring Human Injustices through Art

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Kathryn Fuller

and

Jess X. Chen

Friday, October 28, 2016


Session 1: Using Art to Access Historical Memory

with Katie Fuller

12:00PM – 1:30PM
Dodd 162

FREE LUNCH!

Join Katie Fuller, curator of the Race & Revolution art exhibit currently on display at UConn Stamford, for a interactive workshop that engages the them of racism in the American Revolution through the lens of artistic response.


Session 2: The Time Travel of Migration

with Jess X. Chen

2:00PM – 3:30PM
Asian American Cultural Center
Student Union

Join award-winning artist Jess X. Chen for this workshop designed for migrant youth, or communities of color with diasporic backgrounds to use collective, large scale art making, map making, and poetry as a means of honoring the distances traveled and ancestors lost in the process of migration while celebrating the resilience of our own bodies and families that survive and continue to survive the journey.