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Monday, September 26, 2011

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Join the Human Rights Program and the Creative Writing Program for a fundraiser for the Scribes for Human Rights on Sunday, October 9. The reception will offer a more intimate opportunity to meet some of the incredible writers, scholars and human rights activists who will be featured in our conference. Tickets are $100 per person. Visit giving.umn.edu/hrp to donate.

Featured human rights storytellers Brian Brivati, James Dawes, Nuruddin Farah, Vesna Goldsworthy, Patricia Hampl, Meg Jensen, Annette Kobak, Emin Milli, Kathryn Sikkink and Claire Stanford will be present. Creative prose can help us understand the effects of incomprehensible human rights atrocities, in a way that news reports simply cannot. With that in mind, the Scribes for Human Rights Fellowship provides a summer stipend for a current creative writing graduate student to produce a narrative work on human rights and engage deeply with the issues of our time.


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Brian Brivati is director of the John Smith Memorial Trust. He was previously professor of contemporary history at Kingston University.
James Dawes teaches U.S. and comparative literature at Macalester College. He is the author of That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity and The Language of War.
Nuruddin Farah is a Somali novelist and currently holds the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. His award-winning fiction focuses on human rights issues in Somalia.
Vesna Goldsworthy is the writer of Chernobyl Strawberries, a memoir of her native Yugoslavia. She is a reader in English and creative writing at Kingston University in London.
Patricia Hampl is a Regents Professor with the University of Minnesota's Creative Writing Program and a celebrated author. Her memoir The Florist's Daughter won the won the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction.
Meg Jensen is Deputy Head of School of Humanities at Kingston University, London. She publishes creative writing and literary criticism, with a focus is upon writers' lives. She has recently completed her second novel.
Annette Kobak is a writer and broadcaster. Her latest book, Joe's War: My Father Decoded, was Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.
Emin Milli is a well-known Azerbaijani blogger who was imprisoned in 2009 for his political activities. He is co-founder of the AN Network.
Kathryn Sikkink is a Regents Professor and the McKnight Presidential Chair of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her most recent book is The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing the World.
Claire Stanford is an MFA candidate in creative fiction and non-fiction writing at the University of Minnesota. She is the current Human Rights Scribe. Her work appears on the grist.org Food Studies blog.
This reception will take place in the Upson Room of Walter Library (Room 102, 117 Pleasant Street SE, University of Minnesota East Bank). Our goal is to raise $25,000 to endow the fellowship. We ask that you consider a minimum contribution of $100 to help us reach that goal. RSVP by September 30 to hrp@umn.edu or 612-626-7947.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Advocates for Human Rights Human Rights Education House Party



The Advocates for Human Rights will be hosting a Human Rights Education House Party on September 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the home of Ted Irgens.
2115 Pillsbury Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
For more information or to RSVP, visit http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/human_rights_education_house_party.html.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ongoing Dialogues: Memory and Human Rights

This international symposium, beginning on September 29th, will address the role that literature, art and film play in the struggles against enforced disappearance, torture, degrading treatment, forced prostitution, human trafficking, violence against immigrants, gender violence, and femicide. We seek to address the relations between artistic practices and struggles against impunity and between aesthetics and ethics, and to give visibility to current human rights concerns and to the design of practices of memory.

This international symposium, beginning on September 29th, will address the role that literature, art and film play in the struggles against enforced disappearance, torture, degrading treatment, forced prostitution, human trafficking, violence against immigrants, gender violence, and femicide. We seek to address the relations between artistic practices and struggles against impunity and between aesthetics and ethics, and to give visibility to current human rights concerns and to the design of practices of memory.
Speakers include:
Jean Franco, Columbia University "The Ghostly Arts"
David William Foster, Arizona State University "Helen Zout's Desapariciones: Shooting Death"
Ileana Rodríguez, Ohio State University "Operación Pájaro: Expediente 27, 1998. Obispo Gerardi: enemigo del estado"
Horacio Castellanos Moya, Writer, Journalist READING from Insensatez y Tirana memoria
Duane Krohnke, University of Minnesota "The Interactive Global Struggle Against Impunity for Salvadorean Human Rights Violators"
Guillermina Walas, Independent Scholar "Ciudad y memoria: reclamos de justicia a través de las marcas testimoniales de La Plata (Argentina)"
Margarita Saona, University of Illinois at Chicago "Memory Sites: From Auratic Spaces to Cyberspace in Peruvian Embattled Memories"
Amy Kaminsky, University of Minnesota "Memory, Postmemory, Prosthetic Memory: Reflections on the Holocaust and Argentina's Dirty War"
Alma López, Artist, Activist, Visual storyteller "La Llorona Desperately Seeking Coyolxauhqui"
Hernán Vidal, University of Minnesota "Verdad universal: notas jurídicas para una hermenéutica cultural basada en los derechos humanos"
Alicia Kozameh, Writer READING from Pasos bajo el agua, 259 saltos, uno inmortal, Mano en vuelo, y "Bosquejo de alturas"
Barbara Frey, University of Minnesota "Forms and Practices of Human Rights Advocacy"
Patrick J. McNamara, University of Minnesota "Memory Without Metaphor: Cognition and the Art of Human Rights in Mexico"
Raul Marrero Fente, University of Minnesota "Ethics and Law in the Inter-American Human Rights System"
Luis Martín Estudillo, University of Iowa "The Banality of Torture? Earning Democratic Credentials Under Franco"
Miguel Rep, artist, cartoonist "Del derecho humano al humor"
Regina Marques, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal "Women's Rights as Human Rights. Vulnerabilities in Portugal and in Europe. The Gap Between the Law and Life"
Javier Sanjinés, University of Michigan "Estética y derechos humanos bajo la dictadura en Bolivia: el monumentalismo de Fernando Díez de Medina"
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, UCLA READING from Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders
Leigh Payne, University of Minnesota. "The Struggle Against Silence and Forgetting in Brazil"
Alexis Howe, Dominican University "Madness and Disappearance: El infarto del alma by Diamela Eltit and Paz Errázuriz"
Ofelia Ferrán, University of Minnesota "Mala gente que camina, by Benjamín Prado: Uncovering the Plot of Franco's 'Stolen Children' in Contemporary Spain"
Ana Paula Ferreira, University of Minnesota "Lidia Jorge's A Última Dona: Witnessing the New (?) 'Banality of Evil' in Post-Dictatorship Portugal"
Félix de la Concha, Artist "Facing Memories: Portraits with Testimonies"
The event will take place on:
Thursday September 29, 9 am-5 pm
Friday September 30, 9 am-7 pm
Saturday September 31, 9 am-2.30 pm
Maroon Room, McNamara Alumni Center 200 Oak St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Contact Prof. Ana Forcinito (aforcini@umn.edu) or Prof. Jaime Hanneken (hanne045@umn.edu) for more information.