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

11.10.16 Children’s Literature and Human Rights



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


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)

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


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



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


Jess X. Chen

Friday, October 28, 2016

Session 1: Using Art to Access Historical Memory

with Katie Fuller

12:00PM – 1:30PM
Dodd 162


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.

4.26.16 – In My Shoes Performance

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April 26, 2016

Student Union Theater
UConn Storrs Campus

Free Admission


The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the UConn Reads Steering Committee are proud to present this performance of In My Shoes, by the Judy Dworkin Performance Project.

Bringing the authentic voices and real-life experiences of women from prison to the stage, this spirited, soul-searching performance piece asks, “What would it be like to be in my shoes?” With startling clarity and compassion, In My Shoes examines choices and twists of fate that lead to incarceration. It also tells of perseverance and hope, atonement and redemption found in walks during “time in;” the pathways out of prison; and what it means to be truly free.

In My Shoes PerformanceIn My Shoes integrates movement, spoken word and song and is performed with warmth and wit by six women who have reentered Connecticut communities from York Correctional Institution. Two are members of Women on Our Own, a singing-spoken word group that electrified audiences at the 2013 Hartford appearance of Piper Kerman (author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” inspiration of the popular Netflix series) and have continued to do so since. All of these women are sojourners towards new, rewarding lives. They are joined by the Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project, which has won multiple awards in its 25 year history.

A post-performance talk led by Dworin with the performers will invite audience questions and discussion of criminal and social justice, strengths-based intervention programs in prisons and the community, and the role of the arts as agents of change.

Dworin’s dance-theater works are known for compelling social commentary and warm humanism. Cutting across boundaries of gender, geography, and governmental decree, she testifies for those whose voices have been stilled or muted by history and social injustice. While presenting challenging and difficult questions, her dance-theater works convey inspiring stories of perseverance, transcendence, and hope. As one audience member commented after seeing In My Shoes, “Art and social justice are powerful allies and this is as good an example as I have ever seen.”


3.23.16 – Bennett Freeman on Human Rights and Institutional Investing

Wednesday, March 23
Konover Auditorium

Join us for a special lecture and discussion with Bennett Freeman, former Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy of the Calvert Group, where he led the social, environmental and governance research, analysis, policy and advocacy work of the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S.

An innovative leader in business and human rights, natural resource governance and responsible investment, Bennett Freeman has played key roles in developing several major multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards. He has worked as a consultant, board member and speaker on business and human rights, sustainability, and responsible investment.  While at Calvert, Bennett developed the investment themes of innovative new funds and contributed to Calvert’s leadership on Sudan divestment and human rights in Burma; extractive revenue transparency and conflict minerals; Internet freedom of expression and privacy; climate policy and water sustainability; corporate governance and gender equity.  Prior to working in the financial sector, Bennett served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor during the Clinton Administration responsible for bilateral U.S. diplomacy to advance human rights and democracy.

01.26.16 Resettling Syrian Refugees in the United States

A Dialogue with Chris George
Executive Director, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center

A reception will follow the talk.

Co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut’s Office of Global Affairs, the Middle East Studies Program, the Human Rights Institute and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

10.23.15 Challenges to Freedom of Expression in a Digital Age


Professor David Kaye
U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression


Friday, October 23, 2015

Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

New technological innovations have significant consequences for human rights, both in terms of the opportunities they offer for the fulfillment of rights and the harms they can cause. Yet new technologies are not simply providing new opportunities and risks for human rights. In some areas, they are affirmatively changing what we mean by human rights. Rights to privacy, to family, to information, to work—to name just a few—are being transformed by new innovations. Moreover, as more and more of the work of the state is shifted to an online context, new technologies are directly mediating the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights. Human rights law, practice and scholarship are not keeping up with the pace of these changes.

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10.20.15 UNESCO Chair 16th Annual Conference


October 20, 2015

Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center


Ms. Candace Ducheneaux, founder of Mni, Grassroots for Water Justice
Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute
Ms. Margaret Miner, Executive Director of Rivers Alliance
Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
Dr. Christina Peppard, Fordham University
Dr. Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou, University of Connecticut
Dr. Glenn Warner, University of Connecticut

10-20-15 Right to Water Conference Program