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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Applications Invited for Fall 2016 Inaugural Master of Human Rights Class; Faculty Committee Appointed

In light of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents September vote of approval to initiate a Master of Human Rights (MHR) degree at the University of Minnesota, faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Humphrey School of Public Affairs have been hard at work preparing the degree for its inaugural cohort in the 2016-2017 year.

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Master of Human Rights at the University of Minnesota

The Human Rights Program is thrilled to announce that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted on September 11, 2015 to approve the creation of a Master of Human Rights (MHR) degree. The two-year interdisciplinary program, jointly offered by the College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will prepare students with the professional and conceptual knowledge necessary to work in the field of human rights and equip them with the analytical skills and tools critically important to most effectively addressing some of the world’s toughest human rights challenges.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fulbright Scholar Alejandro Anaya Muñoz at the University of Minnesota


Visiting Professor Alejandro Anaya Muñoz’s career is a reflection of his dedication to the study and protection of human rights and indigenous peoples in Mexico. Anaya obtained his BA in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico. He holds a Master's in Theory and Practice of Human Rights and a PhD in government from the University of Essex. As of November of 2012, Anaya has been a Board member of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, a leading human rights NGO in Mexico. During 2011 – 2015, he was the Director of the “Central Region” campus of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), a leading research and higher education institution in Mexico. He is a tenured Professor of International Studies at CIDE. Anaya also served as Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City from 2005 to 2008, and Coordinator of the Human Rights Program from 2004 to 2005.  Previously, Anaya served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Social, Legal and Political Studies, at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), from 2003 to 2004. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

United Nations Security Council Addresses Issues Concerning the LGBT Community

On Monday the 24th of August, the United Nations Security Council convened for an unprecedented meeting, organized by the U.S. and Chilean delegations to discuss issues concerning the LGBT community. This was an Arria-formula meeting, an unofficial, confidential and non-mandatory gathering of Security Council Members attended by 13 of the 15 members states of the security council (Chad and Angola chose not to participate).  China, Russia, Nigeria and Malaysia, known for their poor records regarding the LGBT community declined to comment.  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMN Seeking Human Rights Professors

The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for one or more full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in the broad field of human rights. Appointments will be 100%-time over the nine-month academic year. Appointments will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy. These will be joint appointments between the Institute for Global Studies and the appropriate disciplinary unit in the College of Liberal Arts. Appointments will begin fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016).