Programs & Activities
Each semester, the Human Rights Institute sponsors many events and activities for graduate students. The Human Rights Institute Graduate Reading / Research Groups are one of the ongoing initiatives at the HRI. Students with shared interests in a specific theme or geographic area meet once a month to discuss human rights readings or to work on research. If you are interested in joining one of the groups below or starting a new group, please contact email@example.com.
Current Graduate Reading / Research Groups:
- Law, Society, and Human Rights
- Teaching Human Rights
Past Graduate Reading / Research Group topics have included: conflict, cooperation, and justice; immigration and citizenship; economic rights; human rights in Latin America, women and children’s rights, social work and human rights; narrative in human rights.
The Human Rights Institute also provides opportunities for graduate students to present their research during the Human Rights Lunchtime Seminar Series. These lunchtime seminars occur several times throughout the semester.
Current Schedule of Graduate Student Presentations:
- November 29, 2012, 10:00 AM, Dodd Center, Room 162, Topic: Human Rights and Social Justice in Guatemala, Shannon Bali, an MSW student at the School of Social Work.
- January 28, 2013, 12:00PM, Dodd Center Room 162, Topic: TBA
Rebecca Lee Nelson Jacobs – Anthropology.
- March 25, 2013, 12:00PM, Dodd Center Room 162, Topic: TBA
Maria Berger – Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
- April 22, 2013, 12:00PM, Dodd Center Room 162, Topic: TBA
Jordan Kiper - Anthropology
Previous Graduate Student Lunchtime Seminars
- September 26, 2011-Dodd Center Room 162, 12:00pm Topic: Environmental and Sanitation Rights
Jennifer Willett -School of Social Work
Chris Jeffords - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics.
- November 7, 2011 – Dodd Center Room 162, 12:00pmTopic: Law and Human Rights
Rita Kesselring - Department of Anthropology
- December 5, 2011 – Dodd Public Lounge, 12:00pm
Topic: Narratives in Human Rights
Christina Wilson- Department of English
- March 19, 2012-SU 312, 12:00pm
Topic: "History and Perceptions of Hazara Marginality in Afghanistan."
Melissa Kerr Chiovenda, Department of Anthropology
- April 23, 2012- Dodd 162, 12:00pm
Topic: “The Right to Water: Paths to Institutionalization”
Corinne Tagliarina, Department of Political Science.
10th Anniversary Conference of the Human Rights Institute
CALL FOR PAPERS for graduate students (only).
Conference, September 18, 2013
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Deadline for Paper Proposals for Graduate Students: April 8th, 2013
The Human Rights Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a conference (September 19-21) that will showcase the "Connecticut School of Human Rights," an interdisciplinary, contextual approach to human rights. Interest in human rights has expanded beyond law school throughout the academy, and in particular into the social sciences and humanities. The conversations that will take place at the conference point toward new horizons for the Institute and for the interdisciplinary study of human rights for decades to come.
The Graduate Human Rights Conference will kick off the interdisciplinary conversation on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. We aim to bring together graduate students interested in human rights, from multiple disciplines, to present and share their research interests. The Graduate Conference will include a workshop on publishing in the field of human rights as well as complimentary breakfast and lunch. We encourage Graduate students to come to these events on Wednesday and stay for the 10th Anniversary Conference which will include many prominent human rights scholars.
Panel Themes: The Graduate Conference encourages interdisciplinary social science, law, and humanities approaches to understanding human rights issues. Panel themes may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
Economic and Social Rights
Education and Human Rights
Foundations of Human Rights
Gender and Human Rights
Health and Human Rights
Human Rights and International Law
Literature and Human Rights
Political and Civil Rights
If you would like to present a paper, please submit a 300-500 word abstract and short bio to the Human Rights Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 8, 2013:
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any further questions regarding the conference.
Limited travel assistance may be available for accepted panelists from schools outside of UConn.