Darryl Montana, Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian tribe, will be featured in an upcoming panel discussion on “Festival Arts, Carnival, and Community Development.” The event is free and open to the public and will take place Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.
For two survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the possibility to bear witness relied on their mutual ability to take a camera, to shoot back, and edit an unprecedented representation of themselves as witnesses and survivors. Alexandre Dauge-Roth of Bates College will present “Auto-Documenting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda: The Testimonial Encounter within the Cinema of Me” on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.
The UI Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law. The deadline for the 2013 Weston Essay Prize competition has been extended to December 20, 2013.
John Manning, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the UI, introduces the Series on Arts and Rights, or “SOAR,” program in this Press-Citizen commentary. John will join others on the season opener of WorldCanvass Friday, Sept. 20, when the topic is “The Arts as Vocabulary.”
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host a special forum on the conflict in Syria titled "Intervention in Syria: Law, Ethics, and Policy" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Conference Room 2520D on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Town Center.
The UI Center for Human Rights in the College of Law has released the 37th Human Rights Index, featuring alarming statistics on sex trafficking worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year, the vast majority in severe ways.
Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year! As I do at the beginning of every fall semester, I would like to share a few thoughts on the University’s progress in internationalization, and some specific projects and activities for the coming year.
Summer 2013 turned out to be more exciting than normal for the law school’s study abroad program. Professor Adrien K. Wing fielded several obstacles that prevented students from following their original itinerary, but in the end the new program went through as if it had been planned for months rather than days.
"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope" tells the inspiring story of a Malawian man’s determination to bring power and freedom to his village. The book is the 2013 selection for the One Community, One Book annual reading program, sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.
The Turkish Student Association (TSA) at the University of Iowa presents the Honorable Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, for a talk Monday, April 29, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the IMU. Yildiz will be speaking about Turkish foreign policy in a changing world. The event is free and open to the public.
The UI Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law.
Zach Heffernen stumbled into his passion. He was handed a book his freshman year at the University of Iowa focusing on human rights and was hooked from the start.
“It started with my freshman year, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights had a program called One Treaty, One Book,” he said. “Each incoming freshman received a book about child soldiers in Africa. I wanted to help … I went to Senegal last summer and got involved in other human-rights organizations. It all started with the center.”
International immigrants are attracted to the Midwest, and Iowa specifically, for its low unemployment rate and cost of living, diverse economic sectors, and educational opportunities, said Amy Weismann, associate director for the University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights.
“Especially for refugees, people come from places with violence and economic strife where they fear authorities,” she said. “Iowa is much less anxious and a more accommodating place to live and not only survive but thrive.”
Anand Patwardhan, a leading activist documentary filmmaker in India, will be visiting the University of Iowa Tuesday, March 12, to discuss his approach to cinema as political activism. His presentation will be held from 5-7 p.m. in 2390 University Capitol Centre and the event is free and open to the public.
For nearly thirty years, Patwardhan’s courageous work on slum-dwellers and women’s rights, on people displaced by massive dam projects, on the political manipulation of Hindu-Muslim conflict, and (most recently) on the fight for social equality by India’s Dalits (i.e., “untouchables”) has provoked controversy, broadcasting bans, Supreme Court cases, and a great deal of public awareness.
UI undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have secured summer internships with human rights organizations in the United States or internationally should consider applying for the Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program.
Honoring the late Kenneth J. Cmiel, an internationally-renowned scholar of the history of human rights, these awards provide funding to selected students who will be working with a local, national, or international non-governmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights related advocacy, research, or education. Program funds cover travel and living expenses associated with the internship.