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Human Rights Forum at Augsburg


  • Augsburg University 2211 Riverside Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

Augsburg University will once again host the two-day Human Rights Forum. The event seeks to educate, inspire, and empower young leaders by weaving together multiple themes and perspectives that are reflective of our team of partner institutions and community. The Forum draws on, and seeks to strengthen, the rich history and innovative educational work being done in the Upper Midwest as a center of progressive internationalism and the promotion of human rights.

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The program, subject to change, is also listed below.


DAY 1: Human Rights in Authoritarian Regimes

Monday, October 28

8:00 am
Registration open in the Foss Center lobby

9:20 – 11:00 am       
Opening Plenary: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel 

Human Rights Foundation Speakers: Leyla Hussein, Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury and Jerry Sesanga

11:10 – 12:20 pm
Breakout Sessions: Panel Discussions | Workshops | Lectures | Film Screening 

  • Session 1 — Creative Dissent: Leyla Hussein, Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury and Jerry Sesanga

  • Session 2 — Protecting the Environment is a Global Mission: Evgeniya Chirikova, Andrew Zolli

  • Session 3 — New Tactics: Center for Victims of Torture: Asma Khalif

  • Session 4 — The Cruel Cut: Leyla Hussein’s powerful documentary explores the complex world of FGM

12:30 – 1:40 pm     
Lunch and Networking

12:40 – 1:40 pm     
Human Rights Session 101 lead by Advocates for Human Rights

 1:50 – 3:00 pm       
Second Plenary: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel
Human Rights Foundation Speakers: Asma Khalifa, Evgeniya Chirikova and Andrew Zolli

 3:10 – 4:20 pm        
Breakout Sessions: Panel Discussions | Workshops | Lectures | Film Screening 

  • Session 1 — How Womanhood Shapes Activism: Asma Khalifa, Leyla Hussein and Jerry Sesanga

  • Session 2 — Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back: Andrew Zolli

  • Session 3 — New Tactics: Center for Victims of Torture: Evgeniya Chirikova

  • Session 4 — The Cruel Cut: Leyla Hussein’s powerful documentary explores the complex world of FGM

 5:00 – 7:00  pm
Peace Meal in the Hagfors Atrium. This is a ticketed event, registration available here.

 

Day 2: Seeking Justice in a Changing World

Tuesday, October 29 

8:00 am
Registration open in the Foss Center lobby

9:40 – 10:30 am    
Opening Plenary: Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

Keynote Address: Reverend Doctor Mitri Raheb on Human Rights in Palestine

10:40 – 11:50 am    
Breakout Sessions: Panel Discussions | Workshops | Lectures | Film Screening 

  • Session 1 — The Power of Story: Nadine Bloch, Maggie Lemere & Roger Reeves

  • Session 2 — Protecting the Rights of Refugees at Home and Abroad: Eric Schwartz (WWT Lecture)

  • Session 3 — Equity, Climate Change, and the Human Right to Healthcare I: Sherrie Flynt Wallington

  • Session 4 — Human Rights and Indigenous Communities in Central America: Fernanda Soto Joya

  • Session 5 — Critical Anti-Islamophobia I: Namira Islam

12:00 – 1:40 pm     
Lunch and Networking

12:30 – 1:40 pm
Workshops and Networking 

Slavery in the United States: Legacies and Present Realities: Olivia Williams 

Human Rights Action-Research Project: Student Panel

Peace Scholar Panel: Informational Session

1:50 – 3:30 pm        
Breakout Sessions: Panel Discussions | Workshops | Lectures | Film Screening 

  • Session 1 — Storytelling and Filmmaking for Social Change: Maggie Lemere & Arianna Schindle

  • Session 2 — Suing the United States Government over Climate Change: Danny Noonan

  • Session 3 — The Art of Protest (Beautiful Trouble): Nadine Bloch

  • Session 4 — Critical Anti-Islamophobia II: Namira Islam

  • Session 5 — Changing the World for Good: Volunteering Opportunities: Advocates for Human Rights

  • Session 6 — Equity, Climate Change, and the right to Healthcare II: Raziel Valino & Vishnu Surapaneni

  • Session 7 — New Tactics in Human Rights: Nancy Pearson & Brent Jensen

3:45 – 5:00 pm
Closing Plenary and Call to Action:

                               Miriam Miranda, Roger Reeves, Namira Islam, Rhiza Collective,

                               Danny Noonan, Peace Scholars, Student Activists