Human Rights Program 20th Anniversary

Photo montage of students and attendees at events with a 20th Anniversary Human Rights Program logo

The Human Rights Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! To mark the occasion, we are hosting the “Human Rights Program 20th Anniversary Symposium: Mobilizing Knowledge to Advance Human Rights” on November 18-19, 2021 in Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The two-day event features a keynote address on the role of universities in advancing human rights by an Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) representative, a showcase of UMN faculty-led engaged scholarship, a film screening of Until We Find Them, conversations with Mexico-based journalists and researchers working to address disappearances in Latin America, presentations by a student team researching human rights defenders, and the launch of Program Director Barbara Frey's newest book, Disappearances in the Post-Transition Era in Latin America. The event will be held in-person, with a virtual option available. 

Please join us as we highlight the many affiliated faculty, students, and practitioners engaging in human rights research, teaching, and engagement—the three pillars of our work. We have much to celebrate!

Reflections from Our Alumni

We spoke with some of our former students who worked as part of the Human Rights Program. They share what they have done after graduation and how the program shaped their worldviews and career paths.

Read alumni reflections 

Student Work

Applied and experiential learning are an important part of what we do here at the Human Rights Program. We are extremely proud of the work our students do to advance human rights in our community and around the world. In celebration of our anniversary, we are showcasing some of our students' work.

Read student work