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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Security, Terror, and Human Rights

Comments on a November in Paris: Terrorism, Security, and Human Rights
-Joachim Savelsberg, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota.

I was asked to comment on questions raised after the November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in France. I do not claim to have grand and authoritative answers to these questions. In fact, I share a sense of helplessness, engulfing many who seek to make sense of the events and to find appropriate responses. I also depend on information that reaches all of us via news media, having no access to the intelligence possessed by some in our governments in the US and abroad. Let me begin with two personal notes that may color my comments.

University of Minnesota Hosts Discussion on United States Torture Policies

“Torture is always a crime” was printed across the flyer for the event, and it was the common thread running through each discussant’s lecture. This past Thursday, November 12, former-CIA counterterrorism operations officer John Kiriakou, Professor Bradley Olson of National Louis University, and James V. Roth, local human rights attorney, discussed the role of the American military and government, the American Psychological Association (APA), and themselves in the United States’ implementation of torture techniques in the War on Terror.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Wahutu Siguru on representations of genocide and Mass Violence in the African Media

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology continued on November 4th its Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies (HGMV) bi-weekly workshop by hosting PhD. candidate in Sociology, Wahutu Siguru, who presented his research on representations of genocide and mass atrocities by African Press.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Arts and human rights organizations form a strong Minnesota bond"

- by John Rash (October 30, 2015)
From the Star Tribune:

"A Hmong-American hip-hop/spoken word artist, a Syrian filmmaker and installation artist, and a Somali-born spoken-word artist shared their talents this month as part of the 'Art Illuminating Human Rights' series of talks and performances. The twinning of the arts and human rights reflects the remarkable concentration of those communities in Minnesota. It also speaks to the fundamental nature of both--pursuing the truth of the human condition."