Kean University Human Rights Conference Hunger: The Politics of Food


When: Friday, March 22nd 9am-12pm
Where: Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey, 7083
Cost: FREE – registration required ($250 Stipend provided

Hunger is no game. The devastating truth of the global hunger crisis is evident in the numbers: More than one billion people worldwide don’t know when they will have their next meal; 20 million of these people are at immediate risk of dying from malnutrition. In the United States, 14 percent of the population relies on food banks, soup kitchens, and similar services to feed themselves and their families.

Despite worldwide economic recovery and growth, an increase in sustainable agriculture and declining food prices, food insecurity continues to grow. Factors include climate change, natural disaster, conflict, and global food policy.

The time is now to end hunger.

Award-winning chef and food policy activist Tom Colicchio, head judge and executive producer on Bravo Television’s Top Chef, will be the featured speaker.

Also speaking will be Karen Washington, a leader in the urban farming movement, and Kean alumna Lovely Randle ’16, who has conducted research on the correlation of food deserts and childhood obesity.

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NCSS 2019 Conference – Call for Proposals

The theme of this year’s NCSS conference is “Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism.” The conference will be held November 22-24 in Austin, Texas.

NCSS is partnering with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Texas Council for the Social Studies to create an expansive professional learning experience for social studies, social science, and geographic educators and stakeholders.

2019 Call for Proposals now open! 

Proposal Deadline: March 3, 2019

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Reclaiming Dignity Art Exhibit


When: Thursday, February 21 6:30-8pm and Saturday, February 23, 5-7pm
Where: Virginia Jourdan’s Studio, 399 San Fernando Way, San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE and open to the public

This exhibit is a series of paintings by the artist, Virginia Jourdan in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Jourdan completed 30 painting, one for each of the 30 Articles of the UDHR. The paintings will be showcased at her San Francisco studio. In addition to the painting exhibit, each event will have its own featured interactive discussion, art activity or performance to spark camaraderie, as well as ideas and actions for positive change. We welcome all ages, encouraging the attendance of families, as well as teachers and students.

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Black Lives Matter at School

Mark your calendars! The Black Lives Matter at School week of action will be held from February 4-8, 2019.

Black Lives Matter At School is a national committee of educators organizing for racial justice in education.  BLM at School encourage all educators, parents, students, unions, and community organizations to join the annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

There are many ways to participate in Black Lives Matter at School week. Some educators teach BLM lessons every day of the week, wear their Black Lives Matter At School t-shirt, organize after-school rallies, facilitate their students entering the creative challenge, develop curriculum, post on social media, and rally at the school board meeting. One easy way for everyone to participate is to sign the petition endorsing the week of action

The important thing is that you act in some way to join this movement to bring down the structures of anti-Blackness in education and affirm the lives of Black students in your classroom. 

Email BlackLivesMatterAtSchool If you or your organization would like to support or endorse the week of action.

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Workshop on Human Rights Advocacy, Campaign Development, Engagement Strategies


When: Saturday, February 9th from 10am-4:30pm and Saturday, February 16th from Time: 10am-1:30pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027
Cost: $400 (reduced rates available for those with significant financial need)

This two-part interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.

Participants will explore the elements of an effective advocacy strategy, including issue analysis, the development of goals and objectives, and the identification of appropriate targets and tactics; learn how to tailor messages to specific audiences; discuss effective partnerships and how to build coalitions; prepare and receive input on a draft advocacy plan; prepare and participate in role plays to simulate advocacy meetings with policy-makers; discuss relevant case studies of successful campaigns.

Each participant will be encouraged to develop an advocacy plan and role play on an issue of their choosing that is relevant to their work and/or interests.

A certificate of participation will be granted to all those who complete both days of training. Individuals who complete three workshops offered as part of the Human Rights Training Series will receive an ISHR Human Rights Training Series certificate of completion.

Workshop facilitator: Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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FREE Webinar with Shelley Inglis on HRE

Sign up for this FREE webinar with Shelley Inglis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of Dayton.

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 1 -2 pm EDT.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
To RSVP  to join, email
Presenter: Shelley Inglis

Title: Experiential Learning in Human Rights Education

Webinar Description:
The webinar will explore the role of experiential learning in human rights higher education. Principles of experiential learning and specific examples of its application in the context of human rights internationally and nationally from the University of Dayton will be outlined. After a presentation of this emerging methodology and insights from these experiences, the discussion will focus on exchanging approaches, methods and lessons learned from other Universities and contexts.

Shelley Inglis is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center and Research Professor of Human Rights and Law at the University of Dayton. She comes from the United Nations Development Programme where she held various management positions working on peacebuilding, democratic governance, rule of law and human rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda at headquarters in New York and regionally based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sponsored by the University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education