Human Rights Across Disciplines: Teaching for Public Engagement


January 21, 2013 - 9:00am


University Capitol Centre, International Commons (Room 1117)

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Kelsey Kramer

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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the UI Certificate Program in Human Rights invite faculty and graduate teaching assistants to a workshop on human rights education. In the spirit of Martin Luther King's birthday, we will discuss concrete ways to increase the presence of human rights frameworks and scholarship in teaching. The field of human rights can serve as a subject of study as well as a framework for problem solving and critical thinking; this seminar workshop will provide an overview of interdisciplinary approaches to human rights teaching, including experiential learning strategies. The event will continue efforts to make human rights scholarship a fundamental part of teaching and learning at the University of Iowa. UI faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and other human rights educators are invited to participate.

There will be a keynote address and series of workshops focusing on creative strategies to infuse existing curricula with human rights frameworks and promote public engagement. Speakers and panelists will include Andrea Spero (University of San Francisco), Amy Weismann (Deputy Director of the UI Center for Human Rights), Yashar Vasef (Executive Director of the Iowa United Nations Association), and Mary Mathew Wilson (Director of the Community–Based Learning Program). Participants will also have the opportunity to network and to discuss syllabi.

Visit–and–events  for the workshop agenda and registration instructions. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Please send RSVPs and questions to by Wednesday, January 16, 2013.