Past Events & Recordings

If you were not able to join us or would like to revisit one of our events, you can watch the recordings on the HRE USA YouTube channel – just click the links below.


Experiential Learning and Human Rights Change with Dr. Carrie Booth Walling

March 11, 2022

About the talk: My human rights students at Albion College and in the G Robert Cotton Correctional Facility have taught me the importance of seeing human rights close to home, the value of applying the human rights framework in the US context, and how human rights education empowers advocacy. My book, Human Rights and Justice for All: Demanding Dignity in the United States and Around the World, encourages learners to traverse the boundaries between the local and the global and between ideas and practice. Teaching human rights with a focus on experiential learning highlights the ways that human rights issues manifest in our own communities and empowers learners to engage in human rights-inspired change on their own campuses and in their own communities.

Carrie Booth Walling is Professor of Political Science and Faculty Director of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service at Albion College where she designs opportunities for experiential learning. Her research interests are in human rights, human security, transitional justice, and the United Nations Security Council. Walling is Director of the Albion College Human Rights Lab, a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and teaches for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program which brings incarcerated and non-incarcerated people together to study justice behind prison walls.


Human Rights Day Celebration 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021
HRE USA celebrated Human Rights Day and the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec 10, 1948. The Human Rights Zoom Celebration was hosted by the Human Rights Educators USA (HREUSA) and University and the College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE). In addition to celebrating the Human Rights Day, the celebration also honored a decade of Human Rights Educators USA as a movement (2011-2021). Special thanks to the event co-hosts Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario (Co-chair of HRE USA) and Kristi Rudelius-Palmer (Curator of HRE USA).

 The event also honored the 2021 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award winnersKeith David Watenpaugh and  Educators Institute for Human Rights (EIHR) and 2021 Flowers Fund Grantees, Natalia Santos Orozco, Ph. D (University of Puerto Rico) and Michael Buckley, Ph. D & David Fletcher, Ph. D (Lehman Center for Peace &Social Justice). The University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE) also recognized the winners of its first Human Rights in Higher Education Award, Human Rights Education Review and the International Journal of Human Rights Education.

The celebration concluded with the Reading of the UDHR by youth activists from around the world in Lina Lenberg’s class.

NEW 2021-2022 HRE USA Training As Action Series (TAAS)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble (1948) contains a call for “all peoples and all nations” to promote respect for human rights and freedoms through such means as teaching and education. HRE USA responds to this call through the promotion of human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for human rights education within the United States. 

Since our founding in 2011, HRE USA has established a strong base of 1100 educators across the country: a group of individuals and organizations united by the goal of providing impactful and accessible human rights education for all.

On the 10th anniversary of its founding, HRE USA launched a new 2021-22 Training As Action Series (TAAS) focused on bridging the personal and collective on some of the most critical human rights issues of today. TAAS fosters a productive and creative educational space to connect and collaborate with others in the HRE USA community with the goal of reaching a common understanding and shared language.

The 2021-22 HRE USA Training As Action Series (TAAS) featured a scaffolded three-tier training model. Each tier builds upon the next in terms of depth, participation, and engagement. The trainings were designed to meet the diverse needs of our members. Participants were welcome to register for Tier 1 only, Tier 1 and 2, or all three tiers.

Tier 1 (2 modules, Sep/Oct) provided general grounding in human rights and human rights education applications, including understanding ways to engage within the various committees, action teams, and working groups of HRE USA.

Tier 2 (4 modules, Oct/Nov) engaged HRE USA members in interactive human rights training on urgent topic areas in ways that are applicable to their personal, collective, and professional contexts.

Tier 3 (2 modules, Dec/Jan) developed the HRE USA Training Corps focused on improving, planning, and implementing ongoing community building and training efforts.

How is Preservice HRE Taught in the United States?

Monday, April 19, 2021
This presentation discussed how preservice HRE is currently being taught in the United States and to what extent these courses incorporate ‘good practices’ recommended in the field. The presenter looked at current opportunities and challenges for HRE integration into teacher education programs. Following the presentation, there was an open discussion with participants to identify the next steps for equipping future teachers with HRE competencies.

Pedagogy and Projects Series: Teaching for Racial Justice with Professor Justin Hansford

April 16, 2021

About the talk: Justin Hansford discussed his experience in community-based legal advocacy and addressed how he incorporated his practitioner experience into his teaching and scholarship. 

Justin Hansford – Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Howard University. Professor Hansford was previously a Democracy Project Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a founder of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Professor Hansford also has received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the legal career of Nelson Mandela, and served as a clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

Hansford worked to empower the Ferguson community through community based legal advocacy. He co-authored the Ferguson to Geneva human rights shadow report and accompanied the Ferguson protesters and Mike Brown’s family to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify at the United Nations. He has served as a policy advisor for proposed post-Ferguson reforms at the local, state, and federal level, testifying before the Ferguson Commission, the Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. 

Professor Hansford co-authored the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism and American Law. His interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in academic journals at various universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, Fordham, and the University of California at Hastings.


Human Rights Day Celebration 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020
HRE USA celebrated Human Rights Day and the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec 10, 1948. Special thanks to keynote speaker, Loretta Ross, for her encouraging and reflective words of wisdom and to Uma Menon for her striking and vital poetry. The event also honored the 2020 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award winnersPam Bruns of Human Rights Watch Student Task Force and the ACT Center for Disability Leadership. The celebration also included the video, “Voices of Hope: A UDHR Celebration” with youth reciting the articles of the UDHR in different languages.


70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights HRE USA Poster Contest

This gallery features the winners and finalists of the 2018 Picture Human Rights Poster Contest whose art exemplified the human rights ideals put forth by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  These posters will be displayed at the national conference of Amnesty International USA, regional and national conferences of the National Council for the Social Studies, and at human rights education workshops and seminars. THEME: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is turning 70!The UDHR was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Its 30 articles set out the basic rights and freedoms that apply to all people. Human rights recognize the inherent value of each person, based on the principles of dignity, equality, and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions, and philosophies.

2018 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award Ceremony

Monday, November 26, 2018
HRE USA held an awards ceremony for the 2018 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award on Monday, November 26th from 7:00-8:30 pm at Columbia University Teachers College in NY, NY. The 2018 winners of the Edward O’Brien HRE were Karen Robinson of Speak Truth To Power, a project of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Marissa Gutierrez for her organization, ARTE: Art and Resistance through Education. In addition to receiving the awards, Karen and Marissa discussed the practical implementation of human rights education in today’s political climate. Dr. Felisa Tibbitts, a previous winner of the O’Brien Award, moderated the discussion and presented the awards to each winner, followed by a Q&A and reception. The reception was co-sponsored by the Columbia Teachers College Peace Education Network, a student group that exists to create a space for practitioners, scholars, and activists within and beyond Columbia University to come together and cross-pollinate ideas, build relationships, build community around the broadly defined field of Peace Education.


Nancy Flowers Receives HRE USA Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, November 16, 2017
In November 2017 Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) presented Nancy Flowers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her decades of dedication, innovation, and mentorship in advancing human rights education in the United States and around the world. Nancy was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues many of whom shared their own personal stories and thank you messages attesting to the impact Nancy has made on their lives through her human rights work. Furthermore, in honor of Nancy Flowers, HRE USA established the Flowers Fund. Under her guidance, the fund is used continue Nancy’s legacy of innovation and mentorship in human rights education.