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Student Research Spotlight: J. Wren Supak

Second year MHR student and visual artist J. Wren Supak is seeking new ways to merge her expertise in the arts and human rights. This summer, she had the opportunity to take this research to Colombia. Through collaborating with theater groups and Colombian artists, Wren sought to understand how theater could act as a vehicle to peace and a means of trauma negotiation for conflict survivors. Read more about Wren's experience here.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Alli Strong

Alli Strong, a second year Master of Human Rights student, spent her summer in Eugene, Oregon, interning for Mobility International, USA. During her rich experience, Alli learned about how to apply human rights advocacy tactics to disability rights work and exercised her evaluation skills. Read Alli's internship spotlight to learn more about her experiences working both behind the scenes and directly with Mobility International, USA clients.
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Professor and HRI Grantee Lisa Hilbink Visits Sao Paulo University to Discuss Work...

Professor and HRI Grantee Lisa Hilbink recently traveled to Brazil to discuss her work on the role of the judiciary's role in Chile. However, when less than a week before her scheduled arrival Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election, she questioned whether it was still the appropriate moment to come discuss her work. When she asked her contacts at Sao Paulo University their thoughts on postponing, she received a surprising response that led to the trip of a lifetime. Read about Professor Hilbink's transformative visit to Brazil here.
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This year's Scallen Lecture "Principled Voices" Series featured...

This year's Scallen Lecture "Principled Voices" Series focused on "Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)." Expert panelists spoke on current risks to freedom of the press and expression in Myanmar, potential future developments, and how international actors and Myanmar political officials should respond. Read more about the panelists' analysis and insights on protecting Myanmar's press freedom.
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Interdisciplinary Innovations in Human Rights Research Presented at the Human...

Students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered to hear the latest in innovative, interdisciplinary research focused on promoting human rights at this year's Human Rights Initiative. With work spanning the globe from El Salvador to Sri Lanka, HRI research grantees shared their latest findings and hopes for future work with the crowd. Check out this article for more details.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Maryam Ahmed

Second year MHR student Maryam Ahmed spent her summer interning for African Development Solutions (ADESO) in Nairobi, Kenya, with support from a Human Rights Program Fellowship. During her time with ADESO, she dove into researching the links between international development and human rights, as well as understanding the inner-workings of development non-profit at the ground level. Read more about her transformative experience in her internship spotlight.
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Summer 2019 Human Rights Internship Positions are Open for Applications

The Human Rights Program and Master of Human Rights Program are excited to announce our Human Rights Internship Positions for Summer 2019. Positions are available to any student pursuing a Master of Human Rights or a Graduate Minor in Human Rights. These internships offer exciting opportunities to live and work in Washington D.C. with one of two incredible human rights organizations: Amnesty International, USA and Refugees International. Check them out here!
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The 2018 Human Rights Lab Conference Leverages Multiple Disciplines to Examine...

This fall, faculty and graduate students shared the findings from their research at the Human Rights Lab Conference. Funded by the University’s Grand Challenges initiative, the Lab facilitates interdisciplinary knowledge production targeted at improving human rights, and building the capacity of human rights defenders around the world. The Lab supports graduate students working with faculty on human rights projects. Read more about this year's conference, "Institutionalizing Accountability," and see compelling photos from the event.

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