Welcome, André Keet!

Andre Keet PortraitThe 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.

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On Exhibit: Hello, Dear Enemy!

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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.

Sept. 7, 2018: Meredith Stern on Art and Activism

10:00am: Artist Talk with Meredith Stern

"Cultural Collaboration: Historical & Contemporary Examples of Radical Visual Art"
An Artist Talk with Meredith Stern
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center

The talk will start with a slideshow of work by socially engaged artists, collectives, and cooperatives (historical and contemporary). Then she will talk about her work as a member of the Justseeds Artsits' Cooperative. Finally she will introduce her current work, a series of prints on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She will talk about human rights issues in the United States and how to address these issues in visual artwork with an intersectional perspective.

Q and A to follow.


Meredith Stern

11:15am: Documenting Dissent: Exploring Art Collaboration with Social Justice Movements

"Documenting Dissent: Exploring Art Collaboration with Social Justice Movements"
An exploration of posters, zines, and print publications in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center with Meredith Stern
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Dodd Center

We will look at work in the collection in the Research Center. We will consider some of the ways in which individuals create independent work, collaborate with organizations, and collaborate with other artists to visualize social justice. We will discuss questions artists and activists can use to create their own work. Such questions include: who is our audience, what form of language or culture may be most useful for communicating our message, and what is the relationship of text and image in visual communication.


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1:00pm: Poster and Sign Making for #StandUp4HumanRightsCT Rally

Poster and Sign Making for #StandUp4HumanRightsCT Rally with Meredith Stern
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Printmaking Studio
Bishop Center

Join us as we create original posters and signs dedicated to human rights and social justice.  Master printer and member of the Justseeds Artists' Collaborative Meredith Stern will guide us as we prepare for the #StandUp4HumanRightsCT Rally at the Capitol Building in Hartford on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:00pm.  Drop in to the printmaking studio in Bishop Center between 1pm - 4pm.  No print experience required!

For more info on the #StandUp4HumanRightsCT Rally, visit the website here.

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Call for Submissions: Picture Human Rights Poster Contest

Calling All Artist!

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Poster Contest

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

Supported by:

Amnesty InternationalTeaching Tolerance



Aug. 1, 2018: Special Screening of Dawnland


Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3:30pm – 5:30p

Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

featuring talk-back with
filmmaker Adam Mazo
Maine-Wabanaki TRC member gkisedtanamoogk

Dawnland Poster“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.


Malka Penn Award Submissions Sought

Submissions are now invited for the 2019 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature.  The prize is awarded annually by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut is presented to the author of an outstanding children’s book addressing human rights issues or themes, such as discrimination, equity, poverty, justice, war, peace, slavery or freedom.  Within these larger themes, the award committee is particularly eager to recognize stories about individuals – real or fictional, children or adults – who have been affected by social injustices, and who, by confronting them, have made a difference in their lives or the lives of others.  The Malka Penn Award is part of the Dodd Center’s K-12 Human Rights Education Initiative.

The Malka Penn Award winner will be announced at the 2018 Connecticut Children’s Book Fair and an award ceremony held during the Spring 2019 Semester at the Dodd Center in Storrs, Connecticut.  The Award winner will receive a bronze medallion and certificate, and will be invited to deliver an address to the university faculty, students, and wider community.

The recipient of the inaugural 2018 Malka Penn Award was Suzanne Del Rizzo for her book, My Beautiful Birds, which used simple, poetic language and stunning illustrations created from polymer clay and acrylic paints to tell the story of a young Syrian boy fleeing war with his family.

Eligibility: Any book for young children (birth through age 12) originally published in the United States between Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018 is eligible for consideration for the 2019 Malka Penn Award.  The book may be a work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, or biography aimed at children below the age of thirteen.  Books must be published in a physical, print form—e-books are currently ineligible for consideration.

The deadline for submission for the 2019 Malka Penn Award is October 1, 2018.

To submit a book for consideration, send five copies to:

Malka Penn Award Selection Committee
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, U-1205
Storrs, CT  06269-1205

For more info visit https://thedoddcenter.uconn.edu/k-12-education/malka-penn-award/


White Paper on Protecting Rights at the End of the Line

The University of Connecticut’s Business and Human Rights Initiative has published a White Paper on Protecting Rights at the End of the Line: Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing, which draws insights from experts across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America on how best to address human rights challenges in global supply chains. The White Paper may be found here.

The report features the findings of a two-day conference hosted in October 2017 at UConn’s Storrs campus, which brought together business representatives, labor and human rights advocates, policy experts and academics (see conference website). Written by policy analyst and author Deborah Leipziger, the White Paper provides an overview of existing multistakeholder initiatives (MSIs); examines emerging trends such as worker-driven social responsibility; highlights examples of innovative business models and tools for protecting human rights in the supply chain; and outlines areas for future research and next steps for the field.

“The level of candor about what works and what doesn’t sets this report apart from others. So does the breadth of perspectives from practitioners around the world,” notes Shareen Hertel, UConn professor of political science and human rights, who spearheaded the conference.

The UConn Business and Human Rights Initiative—a partnership of the Thomas J. Dodd Center, the School of Business, and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut—develops and supports multidisciplinary and engaged research, education, and public outreach at the intersection of business and human rights. To carry out its mission, the Initiative supports and disseminates research by UConn faculty, convenes events that bring together scholars and practitioners, engages with policymakers, businesses, and stakeholders to advance respect for human rights, and supports student learning and professional opportunities in business and human rights.

This report was written with support from UConn’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

April 10, 2018 Human Rights Film Series: Twilight Los Angeles

2017-2018 Human Rights Film Series
Aesthetics & Politics
Art History & Human Rights


Twilight: Los Angeles

(2000, by Anna Devere Smith)

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018
3:30 – 5:30pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center
University of Connecticut

Free Admission


Anna Deveare Smith

In this film adaptation of the award-winning play, Twilight: Los Angeles, writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith takes on the roles of real individuals connected with the 1992 Rodney King verdict and the subsequent uprisings in Los Angeles. This one-woman play explores the history and legacy of racism and oppression through the words of those on the front lines.

April 1 – May 1, 2018: Race and Revolution Exhibit

Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal

April 1 – May 1, 2018

Reception: Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106



Curators: Kathryn Fuller and Larry Ossei-Mensah


Mitsuko Brooks, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Damien Davis, Dominique Duroseau, Uraline

Setpembre Hager, L. Kasimu Harris, Olalekan Jeyifous, Mona Kamal, jc lenochan, Karen Lomax,

Carina Maye, Kayla Muldrow, Shervone Neckles, Iviva Olenick, Nicole Soto-Rodríguez, Aram

Han Sifuentes, Marvin Toure, and Antoine Williams




Date Program
April 13, 2018
Opening Reception
April 14, 2018
Open Book Test: An engaging performance with Dennis Redmoon Darkeem questioning how much we really know about “American History” and whose narratives are behind our understanding of past in the US.
April 14, 2018
Panel Workshop featuring curators Kathryn Fuller and Larry Ossei-Mensah, Patricia O’Rourke (UConn School of Education), partner teacher and Uraline Septembre Hager, Damien Davis, and jc lenochan from the exhibition. Panelists will provide an introduction and overview to the project, noting both its national and local dimensions, its use of arts-based learning strategies, and the potential of art to serve as both a form of and catalyst for public discourse about difficult subjects. Audience participants will have the opportunities to learn about strategies to design and implement their own initiatives that partner with professional artists, as well as think critically about the issue of school segregation and integration in the Hartford region.
April 19, 2018
Race and Revolutionary ReadJoin us for the latest installment of our community reading series, focused on books that spark revolutionary conversations about social justice. In an exciting partnership with Hartford Public Library, this Spring we are featuring Citizen: An American Lyric!

Pick up a copy of the book at Hartford Public Library, Charter Oak Cultural Center, or your local book seller and start reading. On April 19, join us in the Charter Oak Sanctuary for an interactive lecture with UConn’s own Shardé M. Davis, Ph.D. Our current gallery exhibition, “Race and Revolution” will also be open for viewing from 6-8PM!

Cosponsored by UConn Hartford

Exploring Segregation of Public Schools in the United States

On April 1, The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center will present the Race and Revolution exhibition in a series that utilizes a combination of contemporary artworks and historical documents as a platform to examine patterns of systemic racism in the United States. This edition, entitled Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal, investigates the prevalence of segregation in the United States public school system.

Since the inception of #BlackLivesMatter in 2012, the American population is reflecting on what happened after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-60s. That word “after” is part of the conundrum that surrounds our present-day conversation around race and racism. What exactly came to an end? The exhibition Still Separate – Still Unequal seeks to examine ongoing racial and economic disparity in the U.S. public school system.

Reports in 2014, the year that marked the sixtieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown V. Board of Education decision declaring segregated schools as unconstitutional, showed an increase in school segregation. How has this happened, and how can we use art to push the conversation into the public discourse in a new and provocative way?

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Katie Fuller was an educator for eleven years before curating her first show, Race and Revolution:

Exploring Human Injustices through Art, in the summer/fall of 2016. As a high school English teacher, she taught literature through the lens of historical events. While working in education at the New-York Historical Society, she wrote curriculum and taught classes on civil liberties and the Fourth Amendment.

Always passionate about social justice issues, she felt a pressing need to examine historical memory around race and racism in the United States. These experiences have led her to this specific path – curating the less known and often unspoken histories of systemic racism in the United States by pairing contemporary art with historical narratives. She has applied all she’s learned and continues to learn and challenge people’s perspectives in regards to history and social justice.

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American independent curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions at commercial and nonprofit galleries throughout New York City featuring a roster of critically acclaimed artists including Firelei Baez, ruby amanze, Hugo McCloud and Brendan Fernandes to name a few. Ossei-Mensah is also the Co-Founder of ARTNOIR, a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. He has documented contemporary art happenings for various publications and his writings have profiled some of the most dynamic visual artists working today—Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Lorna Simpson and street artist JR.

jc lenochan - Unfinished Business - What You Think Matters Too.

April 6 & 7, 2018: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”

Mansfield Middle School Presents

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Butterfly Image

By Celeste Raspanti

a dramatic play about the Holocaust


Friday, April 6th at 7pm Saturday, April 7th at 7pm

followed by

Community Conversation
sponsored by the Dodd Center

Pre-register HERE

Sunday, April 8th at 1pm

All Shows at
Mansfield Middle School
205 Spring Hill Road
Storrs, CT  06268

All Tickets are $8 and are available at the door

or in the MMS office is advance

Produced by special arrangement with