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The Human Rights Institute Graduate Reading / Research Groups

The Human Rights Institute Graduate Reading / Research Groups are one of the ongoing initiatives at the Human Rights Institute. 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 alyssa.webb@uconn.edu.

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.


Human Rights Lunchtime Seminar Series

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. Some examples of past graduate student presentations:

  • February 24, 2014: Jack Barry, Department of Political Science
    “Is  Access to the Internet a Human Right?”
  • February 10, 2014, Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, School of Social Work
    “Organizational Factors Affecting Burnout Among Forensic Interviewers”
  • February 18, 2013:  Rebecca Lee Nelson Jacobs, Department of Anthropology
    “A Voice Through Victimhood: How Mayan Weaving Cooperative Members “Take Up” International Human Rights Discourses in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.”
  • February 4, 2013:  Jordan Kiper, Department of Anthropology
    “We Defended Our Country, That is Not a Crime:” Ex-Combatants of the Yugoslav Wars and the On-Going Criminal Investigation of War Propaganda in Post-War Serbia”
  • November 5, 2012:  Roseanne Njiru, Department of Sociology
    “Crying for Justice: Post-Election Conflicts and Women’s Human Rights Violations in Kenya.”
  • April 23, 2012:  Corrine Tagliarina, Department of Political Science
    “The Right to Water: Paths to Institutionalization”
  • December 5, 2012: Robert Booth, Department of Anthropology
    “War Remembered: Museums and the Contestations of World War II Narratives”
  • December 4, 2012: Christina Wilson, Department of English
    “Northern Ireland in a Fishbowl: Troubles Fiction Confronts the Media”

Previous Graduate Student Lunchtime Seminars

  • September 26, 2011- Topic: Environmental and Sanitation Rights
    Jennifer Willett -School of Social Work
    Chris Jeffords – Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics.
  • November 7, 2011 – Topic: Law and Human Rights
    Rita Kesselring – Department of Anthropology
  • December 5, 2011 – Topic: Narratives in Human Rights
    Christina Wilson- Department of English
  • March 19, 2012 – Topic: “History and Perceptions of Hazara Marginality in Afghanistan.”
    Melissa Kerr Chiovenda, Department of Anthropology
  • April 23, 2012 – Topic: “The Right to Water: Paths to Institutionalization”
    Corinne Tagliarina, Department of Political Science.