HRE USA Reception & O’Brien Awards Gala


When: Friday, November 22
Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Roosevelt House, The Four Freedoms Room, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
Cost: FREE

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) cordially invites you to a reception to celebrate the 2019 winners of the Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education: Monica Curca of Activate Labs and the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC). HRE USA will also recognize David Shiman with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of dedication, innovation, and mentorship in advancing human rights education. >> Learn more about the 2019 O’Brien award winners

 The program will begin at 6 pm. Please RSVP by November 20th

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This event is co-hosted by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education and the Roosevelt House Human Rights Education Program at Hunter College

The O’Brien Award was established in 2015 in memory of Edward O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, to recognize both an individual and an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. 

HRE USA @ NCSS in Austin, TX

HRE USA is excited to attend the upcoming National Council for Social Studies Conference in Austin, Texas from November 22-24, 2019.


Come find us at at booth #718.  Stop by to check out our free resources including posters, human rights booklets, and see the winning art from our recent human rights poster contest.

Attend an HRE USA Event

HRE USA members and founders are leading multiple workshops and poster sessions. We are also co-hosting a reception with the NCSS HRE Community. Check out the events below:

Friday, November 22 9:50 am to 10:45 am |  Ballroom A Level 1 
Join educators and youth leaders to celebrate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and explore a toolkit and curriculum resources to take action in local communities.
Presenters: Page Hersey, Touro University California; Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, HRE-USA; Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut; George Holden, Southern Methodist University

Friday, November 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm & Saturday, 11:35 am to 12:35 pm| Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4
The NCSS Human Rights Education Community will participate in both Community Showcases held over the lunch hour on Friday and Saturday, The Community Showcases provide an opportunity to meet leaders within NCSS and HRE USA who are promoting human rights education on a national level. Get the latest updates from the HRE Community,  classroom materials, and links to HRE resources.

Saturday, November 23, 9:35 am to 10:30 am | Room 309, 3rd Floor, Marriott
The NCSS Human Rights Education Community will hold its business meeting at this time. All conference attendees who are interested in human rights education are strongly encouraged to attend. They are looking for active members and community leaders – to help plan how to build awareness of human rights in our schools and communities, especially human rights affecting children and begin preparations for NCSS 2020.

 Saturday, November 23, 3:05 pm to 4:00 pm |  Ballroom F Level 4
Human rights and humanitarian laws call on governments to protect children regardless of their civil status. Yet child refugees, migrant children and children living in immigrant families threatened with deportation continue to experience physical and psychological trauma. What are the consequences–for the children, their families and our national integrity? What lessons are being taught and learned along the border?
Presenters: Luiz Zayas, Dean, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work; Robert Lee Sutherland, Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy; Elissa Steglich, Professor of Immigration Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Sponsored by the NCSS HRE Community.

Saturday, November 23, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm | Level 3 Room 5c
oin Human Rights Educators USA and the NCSS Human Rights Education Community at their annual reception. Meet and greet with our honorees, speakers, guests. Free light refreshments and no-host bar.

The reception will recognize and honor the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at University of Texas at Austin.

Sunday, November 24, 9:45 am to 11:15 am | Room 12A Level 4
Through the examination of art, educators will explore how to frame conversations in their classrooms to prepare students to better understand immigration and validate the experiences of immigrant students.
Presenter: Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, HRE USA, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), Brooklyn, NY

Partner Events

As you are filling out your schedule of “can’t miss” presentations and programs at NCSS 2019, please check out this guide to the human rights-related presentations put together by NCSS Human Rights Education Community Chair, Rosemary Blanchard.


When: December 11-12
Where: Kathmandu University School of Law, Kathmandu, Nepal
Cost: $350 – Early Bird Rate (by October 30) $400 – regular rate.

The main theme of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education is “Human Rights in Academic Excellence, Technology and Artificial Intelligence.”  Other important areas that will be covered as sub-themes include:

  • Human Rights in academic Institutions; 
  • Human Rights in SDGs and Agenda 2030;
  • Human Rights and culture;
  • Human Rights in good governance, peace process, and justice.

This conference will also share Nepal’s human rights experience during the transition to democracy period and present Nepal’s achievements as one of the forerunners in Human Rights Education in South Asia.

>> Learn more and register

Webinar – Speaking Out As A Human Rights Educator


When: Wednesday, October 30
Time:  1:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

When should individual educators or educational institutions speak out regarding human rights issues?  Does your institution/human rights center have guidelines in place? Do you as an individual have a set of standards you consider when making these decisions?  We will hear from 2-3 individuals from different universities and then open the webinar up for discussion. 

If you are interested in participating as a featured presenter, please contact us at  

Call-in Information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923,,8058978214#  or +16699006833,,8058978214#
Or Telephone: US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 805 897 8214
International numbers available:

Participate in Unity Day to Stop Bullying

Unity Day is October 23, 2019Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, a day to wear and share orange uniting for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. 

In-person bullying and cyberbullying continue to be serious, and potentially life-threatening for children and teenagers. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers a wide variety of resources for educators to in turn offer assistance to students to create an environment where students feel included, involved and invested.

K-12 educators can register to receive free online bullying prevention resources. These resources are designed for weekly presentations in a classroom or community setting, can be delivered with flexible timeframes and under 20 minutes, have new themes and lessons every month, and the easy-to-use and navigate resources are designated for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These resources are also available on mobile devices so educators can access them anywhere they go on smartphones and tablets.

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HRE USA Reception in Northern California

Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Time: 5:00-7:30 pm
Location: University of San Francisco, 2350 Turk Blvd., School of Education, Room 119, San Francisco, CA

The HRE USA regional representatives in Northern California are hosting a reception to celebrate the launch of the 3rd Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) at the University of San Francisco. If you live near the area please come by to meet and mingle with fellow HRE USA members and human rights education enthusiasts. 

The International Journal of Human Rights Education is an independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, philosophy, research, and praxis central to the field of human rights education. This journal seeks to be a central location for critical thought in the field as it continues to expand.

>> Learn more about the IJHRE

Workshop: New Science Standards and Climate Change


When: Thursday, November 7
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where:  River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN (pre-workshop to the MN Science Teachers Association Conference)
Cost: FREE. Lunch provided.
Credits: 6 CEUs

Minnesota has new state science standards, and Climate Generation wants to equip middle and high school teachers with the tools and resources to bring these core ideas to life in the classroom:

  • Climate change causes
  • American Indian contributions to investigating phenomena
  • Energy and engineering solutions

These workshops are for middle school and high school science teachers, curriculum coordinators, district leaders, and administrative staff. If you do not identify as one of these and are interested in attending, please call our office at 612-278-7147.

Workshop Highlights

  • Gain experience with phenomena-based learning and teaching
  • Dig into the new Minnesota science standards
  • Identify progressions of important learning for each benchmark
  • Engage in hands-on activities to support the new science standards

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