Mar. 25, 2019 Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi and Ghaith Al-Omari

Monday, March 25 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
UConn Storrs Campus | Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center is located at 405 Babbidge Road.
Paid parking is available in the South Garage at 505 Jim Calhoun Way.

Join us for a fascinating and important conversation about the relationship between
Israelis and Palestinians with bestselling Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi and
former Palestinian Authority advisor Ghaith Al-Omari.

Free and open to the public

RSVP here by Monday, March 18

March 25, 2019 Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor RSVP

Yossi Klein Halevi is the author most recently of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, a heartfelt plea for peace and new dialogue based on common ground in faith, a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Times of Israel and many more.

Ghaith Al-Omari is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Mideast Policy and non-resident fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine who served as a high-level advisor in the Palestinian Authority.

Daniel Weiner, Vice President for Global Affairs and Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut, will moderate the conversation, which will include a Q&A.

This program is co-presented by UConn Global Affairs, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn Hillel, The Nachshon Project, the Shalom Hartman Institute, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

Mar. 14, 2019 – Teaching Genocide with Film Workshop

Teaching Genocide with Film
Educator Workshop

March 14, 2019
3:00pm - 4:30pm

followed by a special preview and discussion of
The Trial of Ratko Mladic
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for a workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities of teaching genocide with film.  Designed for both high school and college educators, this workshop will examine why and how to use both feature and documentary films to spur deep learning about one of the difficult subjects in any curriculum.  Participants will reflect on what it means to teach "difficult histories", consider how film can be effectively deployed in different classrooms settings, and explore examples of specific strategies and films.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants are invited to a special preview of the new documentary The Trial of Ratko Mladic.




Alan Marcus

Alan Marcus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and is a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow. His research and teaching focus on social studies education and teacher education. He specializes in museum education and teaching with film, with an emphasis on studying World War II and the Holocaust.  He is a co-author of Teaching History with Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies (Routledge, 2010), and co-editor of Teaching Difficult History Through Film (Routledge, 2017).

Glenn Mitoma

Glenn Mitoma is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  He is also Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.  Glenn’s scholarship has focused on the history of human rights and human rights education.  He is author of Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power (University of Pennsylvania, 2013) and “A Difficult Past for a Better Future: Teaching About, For, and Through Human Rights with Film” in Teaching Difficult History Through Film.



This workshop is offered in conjunction with a Symposium on International Justice which brings together varied stakeholders, scholars, and expert to examine the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia as an exemplar of the possibilities and limits of the quest for justice in the face of crimes against humanity and genocide.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

Feb. 20, 2019: In the Crosshairs

Dispatches from Central America, 1983-1990

Photographs & Reports by Scott Wallace

On Exhibit at the Dodd Center

February 15 – March 15, 2019

This exhibition of frontline photography and war reporting by UConn journalism professor Scott Wallace opens on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

The exhibition brings together the photography and field reports of Wallace during the years he spent as a reporter in the war zones of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala in the 1980s and includes color and black & white photographs from the frontlines of those countries, text panels, audio and multimedia clips, equipment, posters and other artifacts from the era.


Covering the Wars in Central America: Then & Now
Panel Discussion Featuring
Jon Lee Anderson
Robert Nickelsberg
Scott Wallace

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Konover Auditorium

Join award winning journalists Jon Lee Anderson, Robert Nickelsberg and Scott Wallace as they discuss their experiences covering conflict and politics in Central America during the 1980s, and what that means for us today.


Jon Lee Anderson is a contributor to The New Yorker. Since 1998, he has covered numerous conflicts for the magazine, including those in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, and Liberia. He has also reported frequently from Latin America and the Caribbean, writing about Rio de Janeiro’s gangs, the Panama Canal, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and a Caracas slum, among other subjects, and has written Profiles of Augusto Pinochet, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, and Gabriel García Márquez.
Robert Nickelsberg worked as a TIME magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries, covering Central and South America and the conflicts taking place there in the mid 1980s.
Scott Wallace is Associate Professor of Journalism at UConn and is a writer, photographer, broadcast journalist and public speaker who covers the environment, vanishing cultures, and  conflict over land and resources in the world’s volatile frontier regions. He is a former Central America correspondent for CBS News, Newsweek, and the Guardian.

Co-Sponsored by
Archives & Special Collections
College of Liberal Arts and Science
El Instituto
Global Affairs
Humanities Institute
Human Rights Institute
Journalism Department
Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center


Feb. 19, 2019 – Life on Parole

screening & discussion

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center

Join us for a special screening of the PBS Frontline/New York Times documentary Life on Parole.  The film examines efforts in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison.  The film follows four recently incarcerated individuals as they navigate their first year on parole.

Post-show discussion with Daryl McGraw, a former parolee who now works with people in recovery, Andrew Clark, Director of the Institute for Municipal Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University, as well as other guests.

Co-sponsored by
Community Outreach
Human Rights Institute
Humanities Institute
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

A Message from the Director, Oct. 29, 2018

A message from the Directors of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Human Rights Institute, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

We are deeply saddened by the murder of eleven congregants at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and we condemn the antisemitism, racism, and hatred of refugees and migrants that motivated this and similar acts of terror.We are appalled and outraged by the recent surge of politically motivated violence aimed at prominent critics of President Donald Trump.  As scholars of human rights and directors of programs with ties to some of the individuals and communities under attack, we express our solidarity with those targeted and our commitment to building a more just, equitable, inclusive, and peaceful society.

These acts of violence are the responsibility of the individuals who conceived, planned, and perpetrated these murders and attempted murders.  In the days and weeks to come, we will undoubtedly learn more about the unfolding of the attacks on the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Synagogue and on George Soros, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others.  We recognize, however, that, like last year’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the more recent shootings at a grocery store in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, these events occur in the context of a pervasive environment of incendiary and hateful rhetoric.  Such rhetoric has often been amplified by, and sometimes originated with, the President, who has openly and proudly declared himself and those around him nationalist. We call on these leaders to reject unequivocally the path of political demonization and racial demagoguery and to join with others in building a shared culture of mutual respect and dignity.

If we want  such a call to  be heeded, we need substantive pressure from our elected officials and the broader society.

The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Human Rights Institute, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center see it as part of their mission to understand the nature and impact of antisemitism, racism, hatred of migrants and refugees, sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry; to educate for tolerance and mutual respect; and to foster a more inclusive democratic culture here at UConn and beyond.  We will also work with our partners on campus and in communities to support and defend those targeted with hateful rhetoric or deeds, like our prominent partner George Soros, welcoming communities like the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Synagogue and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), or our weary neighbors walking toward the southern border.

On Wednesday, November 7, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, with a lecture by Dr. Tom W. Smith of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago on “Antisemitism in Contemporary America.”  Next semester, on April 4-5, the Human Rights Institute will convene a conference in partnership with the Open Society Foundations on “Human Rights and the Politics of Solidarity”.  We invite you to join us in this and other work, and express our steadfast solidarity with all our partners, friends, and neighbors as we struggle toward a more just future.

Glenn Mitoma
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Sebastian Wogenstein
Interim Director
Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

Stuart Miller
Academic Director
Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

Kathy Libal
Human Rights Institute

Molly Land
Associate Director
Human Rights Institute

Nov. 12: War, Memories, and Museums

War, Memory, and Museums
Insights from Mofidul Hoque
Founder Trustee, Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh

Monday, November 12, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 PM

Humanities Institute, Conference Room, 4th floor, Homer Babbidge Library

Mofidul Hoque, author and cultural activist, has written 15 books on history, liberation studies, arts, and genocide studies. He is the Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice, and is a recipient of the Bangla Academy Literary Prize and the national award Ekushey Padak. In 1996 he along with seven other Trustees established the Liberation War Museum, a private museum that became a people’s institution. Along with memorialization work, the museum also aims to uphold truth and justice.

Co-Sponsors: UConn Humanities Institute; The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center; Human Rights Institute; HRI Research Program on Humanitarianism; India Studies


War, Memory and Museums Flyer

Nov. 7, 2018 – Antisemitism in Contemporary America

Tom W. Smith
“Antisemitism in Contemporary America”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Konover Auditorium

Reception to Follow

The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life presents this lecture in remembrance of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when the Nazis orchestrated a pogrom during which German Jews were humiliated, beaten, and murdered and Jewish homes, businesses, hospitals, synagogues, and schools were looted and destroyed.

For more information and to RSVP visit:

Nov. 1, 2018 – Winona LaDuke

Native American Heritage Month

Keynote speaker:

Winona LaDuke

Acknowledging Indigenous Land

Thursday, November 1, 2018
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Werth Tower Forum

Winona LaDuke Lecture Poster


Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. LaDuke is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. Her work is primarily in the area of Indigenous Economics, Food and Energy Policy. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. Come listen to Winona speak on the importance of acknowledging indigenous land.

For more information, contact the Native American Cultural Programs at

Sept. 24: Teacher Workshop on Service Learning for Human Rights

Principles and Practices of Taking Action

Tuesday, September 24, 2018
9:00am – 2:30pm

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

On Tuesday, September 25th UConn Early College Experience and the UConn Human Rights and Educational Leadership departments invite all certified UConn ECE EDLR and HRTS instructors to attend the annual professional development training.

Purpose: ECE certified instructors for EDLR1162 and HRTS1007 will engage in a day-long professional development (PD) opportunity that will provide exposure to service-learning, community partnerships, and civic engagement through a human rights lens. Participation in this PD opportunity will count toward the ECE requirement for PD for its instructors.

Throughout the day ECE instructors will be encouraged to think critically about how and why we take action, as well as the consider implications for the multiple stakeholders involved when action is taken. For the purpose of this workshop, “taking action” will most often be defined by engaging in direct service.

Objectives: Participants of this professional development will

  • Compare perspectives of various stakeholders engaged in service-learning opportunities
  • Demonstrate understanding of the tenants of service-learning as pedagogical approaches to instruction, and its relationship to human rights education
  • Apply service-learning framework to the context of their own high schools and community
  • Design service-learning opportunity that is reflective of service-learning framework, as well as human rights education principles and practicess


Nov. 12, 2018: Children’s Literature and Human Rights Workshop

We Are All Born Free Cover

Interested in using children’s literature to teach human rights in your classroom? 


Join us on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Middletown Library Service Center for a day-long professional development workshop entitled:

Starting Conversations
Using Children’s Literature to Teach Human Rights

The workshop is free and open to all Connecticut educators.