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Friday, September 17, 2010

March 1, 2011 Deadline International Human Rights Exchange (Johannesburg South Africa / Bard College sponsring)

March 1, 2011 Deadline

International Human Rights Exchange (Johannesburg South Africa / Bard College sponsring)

Dear Colleague:

May we ask for your help in sharing information on the International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) program in Johannesburg, South Africa with students who may be interested? Our next application deadline is March 1, 2011. We thank you in advance for your assistance. Please find a brief program description below.

International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE)
Johannesburg, South Africa

The International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) is the world's only full-semester, multidisciplinary program in human rights. The program is housed at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a joint venture with Bard College. Each year -- starting in July and ending in November -- students and faculty from Africa and North America come together to participate in a deep and multifaceted intellectual engagement in human rights. In addition to a required core course, students choose from 12 or more electives exploring human rights from the perspective of a variety of academic disciplines.

IHRE also opens up possibilities for substantive participation in human rights work. Students enrolled in the Engagement with Human Rights course intern with an NGO working on contemporary rights in post-apartheid South Africa. Students also explore human rights challenges in rural South Africa through a Community Human Rights Workshop, visit the Apartheid Museum and other relevant sites, and attend guest lectures from human rights experts from South Africa and around the world.

Application Deadline = March 1, 2011

For more information on the International Human Rights Exchange: http://www.ihre.org

Best wishes,

Jennifer Kloes
International Program Manager
Institute for International Liberal Education / Bard College
Tel: (845) 758-7081
E-mail: kloes@bard.edu

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Capital Semester in Washington, DC

Spring 2011: January 12 - April 30, 2011


Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and held at Georgetown University, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, courses for academic credit, professional development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts. Students choose between two tracks - public policy and political journalism.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of November 1, 2010, but students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline in order to receive 5% off the tuition balance and priority consideration for scholarship awards and internship placement. There is a substantial amount of scholarship funding available, and awards are made based on financial need and merit.

Capital Semester combines hands-on professional experience for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience. This fast-paced, residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today's competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

• Internships - Competitive placements with top sites in Washington, DC.
• Classes - 12 transferable credits from Georgetown University
• Housing - Roommate matching and furnished Capitol Hill apartments in the heart of D.C.
• Guest Lectures - With Washington's top policy and industry experts
• Site Briefings - At the World Bank, State Department, Pentagon and Federal Reserve
• Leadership & Professional Development - Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
• Networking - Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around of the world
• Scholarships - Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need

For more information and an online application, please visit our website www.DCinternships.org/CS. Should you have any questions, please email Dana Faught at admissions@tfas.org or call 1-800-741-6964.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

U.S. Universal Periodic Review Report to U.N. Human Rights Council

The U.N.'s first Universal Periodic Review of the U.S., is scheduled for November 5, 2010. The UPR offers an important opportunity both to measure how the U.S. is meeting its human rights obligations and to continue pressuring the government to live up to those obligations.

Every four years, the UPR assesses each country's adherence to its human rights obligations under the U.N. Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), human rights treaties ratified by the country, its voluntary commitments, and applicable international law. Reviews are conducted by the UPR Working Group, which consists of 47 members of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

During the review, in addition to the146379.pdf provided by the country under review and the reports of U.N. bodies, the Working Group considers reports from other "stakeholders" such as civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions. The US Human Rights Network coordinated a joint submission of 24 reports, including one attempting to provide an overview of human rights in the United States. These reports were submitted to the UN in mid-April 2010 and will also be available on the UN website.