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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Women and Human Rights

The first World Conference on the Status of Women convened in 1975 in Mexico City to coincide with International Women’s Year. Held to remind the international community of its duty to prevent discrimination against women, the summit kicked off worldwide discussions on the status, rights, and role of women at the local, national, and international levels. “A process was set in motion—a process of learning—that would involve deliberation, negotiation, setting objectives, identifying obstacles, and reviewing the progress made” (5th Women’s World Conference).

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“Staying Alive: Human Rights and the Performance of Life Support in Post-Soviet Belarusian Theater”

How do theatrical practices across nation-state borders mediate the cultural practices of citizenship and human rights? How can we observe this in contemporary theatrical practices?

On Thursday February 11, Rita Kompelmakher, a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance, presented at the biweekly Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence Studies workshop a chapter in her dissertation, which attempts to address these questions across time and space.

"What Before Why: Taking Descriptive Inference Seriously in Quantitative Conflict Studies"

Databases have growing importance in human rights studies.  Researchers rely on databases that count human rights violations and violence, such as homicides, sexual assaults and other crimes.  Yet just how reliable are these counts? 

On February 15, the Minnesota Political Methodology Colloquium and the Human Rights Program co-hosted Amelia Hoover Green, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University, where she discussed her work regarding quantitative conflict studies.  After observing a trend of inconsistent findings between various data sets studying the same phenomena, Green began a project to critically assess these inconsistencies.