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HRI Research Symposium Presenter Spotlight: Sonja Kuftinec and Avigail Manneberg

“A Contested Home,” a project headed by Human Rights Initiative grantees Avigail Manneberg and Sonja Kuftinec, engages themes of forced migration and displacement in the Galilee. Working with Jewish and Palestinian self-identified artists, the project explores issues of forced migration and displacement related to formal human rights of recognition and the more nebulous right to memory, to having an individual and communal story acknowledged. At the HRI Research Symposium, their presentation will offer work-in-progress results from a July workshop in which Jewish residents of Ya’ad grappled artistically and personally with local Palestinian testimonies.
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Building Capacity and Exploring Tactics in the Human Rights Field

Human Rights Masters student Shelby Ankrom put her learning from Professor Barb Frey's Human Rights Advocacy course into practice during her summer internship at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). While supporting CVT's New Tactics in Human Rights program, Shelby used her knowledge from Professor Frey's course and the experience working closely with New Tactics training materials to better understand the wide variety of human rights advocacy tactics available to practitioners. In this piece, Shelby shares some of her most salient takeaways from her time at CVT and the ways in which she sees her internship as a stepping stone to future professional positions.
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Creating Space for Local Involvement

MPP student Fadumo Osman has incorporated human rights scholarship into her studies through the Human Rights Minor curriculum. She was able to dig into this even more during her summer internship with UN-Habitat in Kenya in their Human Rights Mainstreaming Program. In this piece, Fadumo shares the way her role in the Housing Department of the program helped her to learn and grow into a more seasoned human rights practitioner.
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Human Rights Initiative Call For Proposals

We are excited to announce the third year of Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Research Funding for faculty research projects that are designed to advance the study and protection of human rights. The HRI calls on faculty from the University of Minnesota to submit, by October 17, 2018, one-year funding proposals for grants between $10,000 and $50,000 that promote the scholarly and artistic activities of the faculty and their graduate students and that foster academic excellence in the field of human rights at the global and local levels.
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A tribute to Arvonne Fraser, women's rights visionary

We express our sorrow at the loss of Arvonne Fraser, who died on August 7, 2018.  Fraser was a visionary, a leader and a friend to the human rights community in Minnesota and around the world. She was, and will continue to be, a role model and mentor for generations of human rights activists. Barbara Frey, director of the Human Rights Program, observed, “Arvonne’s steadfast moral leadership through every phase of her life inspired us deeply, here in Minnesota and around the world.”
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Human Rights Initiative Spotlight: Using storytelling to capture nuances of the...

A 2017 Human Rights Initiative grantee and faculty member in the Department of English, Professor Ganeshananthan began to explain the thirty-year conflict—from 1983 to 2009—between Sri Lankan government security forces and the Tamil militants, specifically the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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Program supports 16 students working in human rights this summer

From Minneapolis to Nairobi, our students are participating in human rights work across the globe. This summer, the Human Rights Program is providing funding to 15 students working in human rights placements where they are gaining hands-on experience in areas of individual interest, such as women’s rights, impunity around enforced disappearances, and refugee issues.

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