“I am not a human rights person, but…”

When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

This panel, sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, explores the potential to widen the conversation about rights to engage with and learn from the many scholars, students, and practitioners who work on “human rights adjacent” topics of peace, personal security and dignity, humanitarian action, and social and economic justice without adopting a conceptual rights frame or a conventional rights activist method. Panelists:

  • Moderator: Jack Lewis Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University
  • Séverine Autesserre, Professor, Department of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, Department of History, Columbia University
  • Michael Doyle, University Professor, Columbia University

Human Rights Webinar with President Boris Tadić, Serbia

When: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am EST
Where: Virtual
Cost: FREE

This event presented by the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) team at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Nizami Ganjavi International Center will feature President Boris Tadić, Serbia. The webinar is part of a series with world leaders discussing the need for international dialogue, understanding, learning, and human rights advocacy.

Boris Tadić served as president of Serbia from 2004 to 2012. He was elected to his first term on June 27, 2004, when Serbia was part of Serbia and Montenegro, and he was re-elected on February 3, 2008, this time as president of an independent Serbia. While in office, Tadić worked toward reconciliation of the former Yugoslav countries, to heal the fallout from the wars of the 1990s. Prior to his presidency, Tadić, a psychologist, served as the last minister of telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and as the first minister of defense of Serbia and Montenegro.

Women as Activists: How, Where, & Why We Act

When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

Join the Social Science Education Consortium as they engage with five recently published authors about their work with women in various educational arenas. Participants will hear from a distinguished panel of scholars on topics ranging from women in the social studies curriculum to feminist teachers, to how students engage with feminism as part of the curriculum. Featuring:

  • Dr. Kathyrn Engebretson, Indiana University (Moderator)
  • Dr. Jessica Ferreras-Stone, Western Washington University
  • Dr. Lauren Colley, University of Cincinnati
  • Dr. Kaylene Stevens, Boston University
  • Dr. Christopher Martell, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Photos of Featured Speakers: Dr. Jessica Ferreras-Stone, Western Washington University
Dr. Lauren Colley, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Kaylene Stevens, Boston University
Dr. Christopher Martell, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Women in Labor History

The impact women have made in labor history is often missing from textbooks and the media, despite the numerous roles women have played. From championing better workplace conditions to cutting back the 12-hour day to demanding equal pay across racial lines. Check out these profiles of women in labor history from the Zinn Education Project. 

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NCSS – Call for Conference Proposals

NCSS invites you to submit a proposal to present at their 101st Annual Conference. The NCSS Annual Conference is the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders.

 Deadline extended: April 1, 2021

>> Learn more and apply

Happy Women’s History Month!

As we celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equitable future, let’s tap into that momentum to overcome the barriers women still face regarding equal economic opportunities, educational equity, women’s health, and an end to gender-based violence.

Check out these resources compiled by Human Rights Educators USA to teach about the issues that women and girls face around the world and how we can all work towards the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality. 

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Also, check out these great resources on the fight for women’s equality from our partners: Learning for Justice, Teaching for Change, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Talk Climate Institute

When: March 23 – 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST
Where: Virtual
Cost: $200
Scholarships available

The Talk Climate Institute will deepen your understanding of climate change in an era of disinformation. This transformative two-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen for intentional reflection and active listening, tapping into creativity and building community together.

Teaching About Feminism

by Educators 2 Social Change

In simple terms, feminism is the advocacy for equal rights and opportunities for all genders. Women have been viewed by many as the “weaker” sex for hundreds of years, but over the past few decades, particularly the past five years, women have been fighting again for their voices to be heard. From the fight for women’s suffrage to women’s marches to the #MeToo Movement, progress has been made regarding treating all genders equally, but there is still a long way to go, as women are continuously paid less than their equal male counterparts and often ignored or silenced in cases of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. By teaching students about feminism, educators are not only promoting equal rights for all genders but are also debunking the idea that “feminism” is a bad word, or even controversial.

There are many valuable resources available online for teaching students about feminism and gender equality. Feminism is often given a negative connotation, but feminists are simply fighting for equality between men and women, which is long overdue. These resources compiled by Educators 4 Social Change will help you in your journey of teaching students about feminism, women’s rights, and equality.

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Webinar: Black Women’s Fight for Labor and Voting Rights

When: Monday, March 22, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

You are invited to join the Zinn Education Project for a free online class with Dr. Tera W. Hunter, history professor at Princeton University and author of To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War. In a conversation with Rethinking Schools editor Jesse Hagopian, Dr. Hunter will provide a historical context for the election victory in Georgia and share insights from her research into freed women’s lives. Hunter will focus on the 1881 Atlanta Washerwomen’s Strike, when 20 laundresses met in Atlanta to form a trade organization, the Washing Society. They sought higher pay, respect, and autonomy over their work and established a uniform rate at $1 per dozen pounds of wash. With the help of Black ministers throughout the city, they held a mass meeting and called a strike to achieve higher pay at the uniform rate. ASL is provided.

This event is one in a series of online classes that are part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle campaign.

Teaching about and for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

When: Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

– Mary Mendenhall, Associate Professor of Practice in International and Comparative Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
– Katherine Kaufka Walts, JD, Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago.

The presenters will speak about teaching courses related to refugees and the right to education through different pedagogical, project-based, and interactive approaches. They will also share examples of ways to integrate refugees’ voices and experiences in the classroom and beyond, They will share how to reimagine immersive/experiential learning experiences for students under Covid-19, using the Immigration Detention Project at Loyola as a case study. This event, is part of a spring webinar series sponsored by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE)