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
Tom W. Smith
“Antisemitism in Contemporary America”
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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: https://judaicstudies.uconn.edu/2018/08/30/kristallnacht2018/
Native American Heritage Month
Acknowledging Indigenous Land
Thursday, November 1, 2018
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Werth Tower Forum
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 email@example.com.
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
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:
Using Children’s Literature to Teach Human Rights
The workshop is free and open to all Connecticut educators.
The Dodd Center is delighted to welcome the Human Rights Institute’s 2018 Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights, André Keet.
André worked in national human rights institutions in post 1994 South Africa before joining the University of Fort Hare in October 2008. He also spent time at the University of the Free State as Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, advisor to the university president and as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and External Relations. He is an acknowledged social justice researcher, higher education transformation practitioner and academic citizen. André is presently the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, the Chairperson of the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Transformation in South African Public Universities, Member of the Council on Higher Education, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University in the UK.
Hello, Dear Enemy!
Picture Books for Peace and Humanity
Aug. 27 – Nov. 16, 2018
The Dodd Center is proud to host the exhibit, “Hello, Dear Enemy,” on loan from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. The books included in this exhibit present stories from around the world of characters grappling with the traumas of war and displacement, violence and oppression, and envision a world of peace and justice.
Stop by the Dodd Center before Nov. 16 to check out the posters and read the books.
Check out the Helllo Dear Enemy Catalog.
Calling All Artist!
The Dodd Center is co-sponsoring the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest, organized by the HRE-USA network, to celebrate the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR.
First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize.
ENTRY DEADLINE: OCTOBER 24, 2018 (United Nations Day)
Learn more and enter
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3:30pm – 5:30p
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
featuring talk-back with
filmmaker Adam Mazo
Maine-Wabanaki TRC member gkisedtanamoogk
“My foster mother told me … she would save me from being Penobscot.”
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.
Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.
In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people
The feature-length documentary DAWNLAND follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
The TRC discovers that state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, threatening the very existence of the Wabanaki people. Can they right this wrong and turn around a broken child welfare system? DAWNLAND foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.
Living at the easternmost edge of Turtle Island, the Wabanaki people are the first to see the new day’s light. If harmony and justice begin in the east, as some prophesize, surely the TRC is a sign of this beginning.