Human Rights in National Security: Workshop to Explore New Amnesty International Curriculum

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: 614 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
High School Educators are invited to join other education professionals in assessing and exploring Amnesty International’s “Human Rights in National Security” curriculum. Attendees will explore four modules: An Introduction to Human Rights in National Security, Global War, and Drone Strikes Post 9/11, Detention and Torture, and Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Surveillance.

98th Annual National Council for Social Studies Conference

Event Details:

When: November 30th – December 2nd
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cost: $160-500

All of Chicago’s history, culture, and traditions will be on display at the 98th NCSS Annual Conference. NCSS returns to the city for the first time in 15 years for the world’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. Join more than 3,000 of your social studies colleagues to share the most current knowledge, ideas, research, and expertise in social studies education, and experience all that Chicago has to offer.

For HRE supporters heading to the NCSS Annual Conference in Chicago, please check out the HRE Community’s schedule in the program, stop by the HRE Community Showcase and join in the various spontaneous activities at the conference building on the UDHR 70th Anniversary theme. Contact Rosemary Blanchard for updates.

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Human Rights Video and Music Contests

Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute, the 8th annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Speak Truth To Power Video Contest invites middle and high school students to create short videos that highlight the work of a human rights defender. In creating these short videos, students can become champions of change in their communities.

The Grand Prize winning video will premiere at the NYC Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.

ENTRY DEADLINE: February 17 at 11:59 PM EST

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Speak Up, Sing Out! Music Contest

In collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights invites students to write and produce original songs that speak out against human rights abuses. The format is open to any genre of music.

The Grand Prize winning songwriter will participate in a GRAMMY-related event.


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70th Anniversary of the UDHR – Resource Kit

The UDHR is turning 70 on December 10th! Find ways to celebrate, teach, and more with HRE USA’s online resource kit or participate in our UDHR poster contest.

December 10th, 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). A milestone document in the global history of human rights, the UDHR is infused with values and ideals drawn from the world over. The UDHR – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages — is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was proclaimed.

Join HRE USA in celebrating the gift of the UDHR and re-affirm the enduring human rights principles and standards that it helped establish.

Deadline Extended for 2018 Picture Human Rights Poster Contest!

The deadline for the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest” has been extended to November 11, 2018.  Join us in celebrating the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by submitting a poster today!

Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. We hope teachers and youth leaders can use the contest to:
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  • stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights and the UDHR mean to them.
  • encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights.
  • heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year

The Deadline for the contest has passed.  

Winners selected for the online gallery will be notified the first week of December 2018. Public announcement of selected artists and public posting to the online gallery will be on Human Rights Day – December 10, 2018.

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

>> Learn more and enter!

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9th International Conference on Human Rights Education – early bird closes soon

The 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education ICHRE) will be held in Sydney, Australia, on November 26-29 2018. The conference leads an annual international dialogue on human rights education (HRE) as a means of promoting democracy, the rule of law, justice, and intercultural and social harmony.

Entitled Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society, the conference will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It is Australia’s largest celebration of these two landmark declarations.

The draft conference program will be online in early October. It features an exciting range of papers and includes workshops focused on the practical learning of HRE. Some of our keynote speakers include:

  • the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Judge of the High Court of Australia),
  • Mr Xanana Gusmao (former President of East Timor), and
  • Dr Mmantsetsa Marope (Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education)

Early-bird registration deadline: Wednesday, 10 October

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FREE Webinar with André Keet on HRE

Sign up for this FREE webinar with André Keet, Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

Date: Monday, October 8
Time: 1 -2 pm EST.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Presenter: André Keet

Title: Can Human Rights Education be Transformative, Critical and Emancipatory?

André Keet holds the Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education, and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Webinar Description:

Keet will approach the question, can human rights education be transformative, critical and emancipatory? from two angles:

One, through a reflexive piece Keet wrote on Does Human Rights Education Exist? (2017). In this paper, he traced his own thoughts and praxes on human rights education (HRE) in conversation with others since 2007. An element of self-referentiality is tracking his arguments, for which he apologizes. Revisiting his research and engagement with HRE over the past decade, he tries to make sense of the shifts in his own praxes to disclose, to himself, radical‐alternative possibilities for thinking and doing HRE. In traveling with himself, and others, he began to wonder: Does Human Rights Education exist?

Two, via an edited compilation (2018) put together by Michalinos Zembylas and Keet, Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education. This book presents new scholarly research that views human rights, democracy, and citizenship education as a critical project. Written by an international line-up of contributors including academics from Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, this book provides a cross-section of theoretical work as well as case studies on the challenges and possibilities of bringing together notions of human rights, democracy, and citizenship in education.