Congratulations to Dr. Felisa Tibbitts who was appointed UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in Higher Education!

The main purpose of the newly established chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on human rights education and human rights-based approaches within universities.

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 700 institutions in 116 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. Read more.

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel 

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel examines corporate institutions within our society, revealing a world with increasing wealth disparity, climate change, and the hollowing-out of democracy.

RSVP today to join the HRW LA Film Club’s screening of this documentary followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on January 23 at 4pm PT. Check out “The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel” trailer.

The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights invites teachers to contribute to Dispatches from Teachers

Dispatches from Quarantine is a collaborative project with the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights: CREATING A MORE PEACEFUL FUTURE THROUGH EDUCATION

Teachers are invited to share their experiences of teaching in this complicated moment. Prompting questions include:

  • What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a classroom teacher during this time?
  • How has this experience affected your teaching and/or your view of education in America?
  • Have you been supported in terms of mental and emotional health during this period? If so, how? If not, what would have helped?
  • Has the political divisiveness of pro- and anti-mask or vaccine rhetoric affected you or your job?
  • Are there lessons that teachers can take away from this historic period that serve teaching and learning in new and meaningful ways?
  • What would you like to preserve and record about your experience for future generations?

If you’d like to know more and participate in this project, please visit this page.

Explore the Power of International Education and Exchanges on the UN’s International Day of Education

Each year, on January 24th, learners and educators all over the planet come together to shape the many futures of education. Global Minnesota, with partners Learning Planet Institute and UNESCO, invites you to join us for these extraordinary speakers: Jeffrey Sachs, Sri Zaheer, Dina Storey, Phil Noble, Satish Kumar, Shawntera Hardy, Mamphela Ramphele, Gabriela Zalaya, Runa Khan, Robbyn Wacker, Amanda Ellis, Memory Banda, Melati Wijsen, and many more local, national, and international leaders. 

 To explore last year’s program, click here

For 2022 agenda/speakers and registration, click here.

Monday, January 24, 2022
9:00 am Central Time; Virtual

Call for Papers: Human Rights Education and Grassroots Activism

Lead Editors: Suzanne Egan, Jeff Plantilla and Felicia Yeban

The recent rise of social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Fridays for Future and #MeToo has been one of the most potent forces of human rights mobilisation to have emerged at the global level in decades. At a time when the international human rights movement has come increasingly under fire for its colonial framing, excessive professionalisation and legalistic strategizing, attention has turned to the contrasting success of these grassroots movements in capturing public attention and empowering victims and communities to initiate social as well as legal change.  Human rights education (HRE) through diverse means – from public education initiatives, storytelling and engagement in formal and non-formal settings – has clearly been a critical factor in the evolution of these movements and in contributing to the success of their respective struggles. The involvement of young people in these movements has been particularly striking. At the same time, human rights mobilisation by NGOs and local voluntary sector groups in many countries (including single issue groups, local community groups, faith-based organisations, and charities) with varying degrees of formalisation and resources, is also evolving. Such groups and organisations regularly engage in both formal and informal HRE initiatives. Their aims include raising awareness of current social problems, community empowerment, to building a culture of human rights. NGOs and grassroots organisations have also played a crucial role over many years in helping to develop the HRE policies and programmes of international organisations such as the UN and the Council of Europe. For more information and to submit visit this page.

Please send an extended abstract of no more than 250 words to Managing Editor Marta Stachurska-Kounta at marta.m.stachurska-kounta@usn.no with the email subject line: HRER Special Edition HRE and Grassroots Activism by 4 February 2022.  Abstracts will be reviewed and the authors informed no later than 25 February 2022 if we would like to invite the full paper for review. All invited manuscripts will be subject to double-blind peer review. Full manuscripts are due by 29 April 2022, and the Special Issue will be published in Vol 6(1) in January 2023.

“Until We Find Them” Movie Discussion with filmmaker Hunter Johnson

Sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota

Documentary: “UNTIL WE FIND THEM”, a portrait of two journalists seeking truth and justice for the people who disappeared in Mexico.

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time: 7 pm-8:15 pm (Central Time – USA)
Where: Zoom (register at link below)
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Description: This documentary is a portrait of two journalists seeking truth and justice for the people who disappeared in Mexico.

Watch the film (30 minutes long, in Spanish with English subtitles), then join our discussion with filmmaker Hunter Johnson. We will NOT show the documentary during the event.
Where to watch: Vimeo. Password = darwin

REGISTER HERE. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the film discussion.

Guest Speaker: Hunter Johnson, the filmmaker of “Until We Find Them”. Hunter is a documentary filmmaker and photographer whose projects seek to advance human rights through visual storytelling. Working with The Perennial Plate, a two-time James Beard Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary team, Hunter created dozens of human-focused short films that have garnered tens of millions of views. This work includes a show on PBS, a series of films on The Atlantic, and screenings at the United Nations Office in Geneva and the 2018 AFI DOCS Film Festival. Hunter has also produced videos for Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. “Until We Find Them” is currently screening in film festivals around the world. Hunter has a Masters of Human Rights from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with a concentration in Arts Advocacy.

New guide on human rights education curriculum development

The Danish Institute for Human Rights developed this new guide that includes different phases of curriculum development and sample curricula on human rights for four subjects across pre- primary and lower primary, upper primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary level. The hope is to “bring conceptual clarity on human rights education and curriculum development and provide concrete suggestions on how to build human rights curricula fit for 21st century human rights challenges, while contributing to the realisation of the SDG goals and targets set by the international community.”

For more information and to download the guide, visit this page.