NCSS Honors 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

una-usa eventIn honor of the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR, the National Council for Social Studies has issued a statement recognizing the UDHR as a significant historical milestone in the development of a global civic culture based on respect, fairness, and dignity for all.

In the statement, NCSS renewed their commitment to promoting the principles and practices embodied in the UDHR in all their operations and activities, in order “to better foster the ability of our students to become advocates for social justice as citizens within their local and global communities.”

The statement urges members to engage with the NCSS Human Rights Education Community in building human rights awareness into the educational experience of every student. NCSS also commends the Human Rights Education Community for their ongoing advocacy for the integration of human rights education into social studies education at every level, and for sharing teaching and learning resources to help educators. Participation in the Human Rights Education Community is open to all NCSS members.

>> Read the full statement
>> UDHR 70th Anniversary Webpage
>> 70 Years – UDHR Resource Kit


HRE in Practice: a Panel Discussion with HRE USA O’Brien Award Winners

Event Details:

Date: Monday, November 26th
Time: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, Grace Dodge Hall, Room 179, 525 W 120th Street, NY 10027
Cost: FREE

Please join the TC Peace Education Network (PEN) and Human Rights Educators USA (HREUSA) for a panel discussion on the role of human rights education in today’s political climate. The panel seeks to discuss the practical implementation of human rights education in the United States and its relevance to current domestic politics.

The panel will feature the 2018 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education award winners, Karen Robinson (Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights) and ARTE (represented by Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario).  Introductions will be made by Teachers College professor Felisa Tibbitts, and additional moderation will be made by Carolina Cambronero-Varela (PEN Representative) and Benil Mostafa (HRE USA NYC Regional Representative).

A reception will follow.

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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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2018 Winners of Edward O’Brien Award in HRE

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education.

Karen Robinson
Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson
of Speak Truth To Power, a project of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, is the recipient of the award for individual achievement in the field

Marissa Guiterrez
Marissa Gutiérrez


Marissa Gutiérrez will accept the organizational award on behalf of ARTE: Art and Resistance through Education.

Established in 2015 in memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, the O’Brien Awards honor an individual and an organization that have made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. This year’s awards will be formally made Monday, November 26, at Teacher College of Columbia University in New York City.

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

>> Learn more


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.


>> Learn more

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.