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Past Events

Over the years, the Human Rights Program has put on or participated in a number of events that fall outside the scope of our long-term projects. Below, you'll see just a few examples of past events.

Human Rights University at the State Fair

Starting in 2011, the Human Rights Program has staffed a booth at the State Fair representing the Human Rights University. We talk to fair-goers about human rights in the Twin Cities community as well as opportunities to engage in human rights work at the U of M. Click here to view photos from the 2012 State Fair.

International Women's Day

For over a decade, the Human Rights Program and the Advocates for Human Rights co-sponsored events around International Women’s Day. Click here to read more about this collaboration.

My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights

On Monday, October 9, 2011, the Human Rights Program and the Creative Writing Program held a conference entitled My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights. The conference featured prominent writers and professors from the University of Minnesota and Kingston University in London. Click here to read more about this conference.

Human Rights for the 21st Century: History, Practice, Politics

The Human Rights Program co-sponsored a speaker series called "Human Rights for the 21st Century: History, Practice, Politics" during spring semester of 2012, inviting scholars, activists, and state officials to share their expertise with the University of Minnesota community. Jacqueline Bhabha, executive director of the University Committee on Human Rights Studies at Harvard University, Aryeh Neier, former director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and David Scheffer, former Clinton administration's Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, were the featured speakers. To read learn more about each expert's presentation, click on his or her name above.

He(art) Show

The He(art) Show is a collaboration of the arts and activism that seeks to raise money and awareness for a particular human rights cause. Showcasing two-dimensional three-dimensional work, dance performances, and live music, the show engages students and community members already involved in human rights as well as those who are mainly interested in art to start a dialogue about a selected human rights issue that affects the local as well as the global. Click here to learn more about the upcoming He(art) Show.