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.


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.


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.


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.