Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dec 13: The Developmental Correlates of Early Deprivation: Studies of Orphanage-Adopted Children

International Human Rights Week December 5-10, 2016

International Human Rights Week
December 5-10, 2016

This series of events for International Human Rights Week will be centered around refugee human rights, transitional justice, and the role of media in activism.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 6:30pm
Screening of Salam Neighbor
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Join us for a screening of Salam Neighbor, a film by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple, about two Americans living among refugees on the border of Syria.
To read more about the film, click here.
Hosted by the Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board
Thursday December 8, 2016 6:30pm
Refugee Welcome Event
President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
A panel comprised of refugees from our campus community will be meeting to discuss their experiences as refugees in Minnesota. Additionally, a letter writing campaign to senators and Iraqi government officials will take place. Food will be provided.
Hosted by the Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board

Friday December 9, 2016 Afternoon, exact time TBA
Teach-In with Paco de Onis and Pamela Yates
Mondale Hall, Room 25, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis, two documentary filmmakers specializing in human rights initiatives such as criminal prosecutions for international crimes committed in Guatemala, will be hosting a teach-in to to explore how human rights achievements require inputs from several sectors, with a special emphasis on the role of media. Co-hosted by the Human Rights Center, the Human Rights Program, and Moving Image Studies.
Saturday December 10, 2016 4:30pm
Screening of Granito
St Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Filmmakers Paco de Onis and Pamela Yates present Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, a story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history. To read more about the film, click here.
Co-hosted by the Human Rights Center, Human Rights Program and MSP Film Society

Dec 6: The Globalization of Culture and the International NGO

Dec 1: Having the Courage to Make Unreasonable Goals Reality

Thursday, Dec. 1
4:30-6 p.m. in R-350 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building, 1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul

Facilitated by Student Advisory Team
At Boreas, we encourage people to dream big, to imagine goals that to others may think are unreasonable. And then we like to figure out how to turn so-called unreasonable dreams into real change and impact in the world. Turns out this is not easy. Taking inspiration from the Unreasonable Institute, this booya offer inspiration, strategies, and more for translating the unreasonable into the future we all want.

Boreas Booya! is a forum for building the Boreas community through discussions, collaboration and fun.

Booyas happen on Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m. All UMN graduate and professional students and postdocs are invited. No application or RSVP is necessary for our booyas.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December 9&10: Celebrate International Human Rights Day with Us!

In celebration of Human Rights Day, the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School and the Human Rights Program bring you

The event is co-sponsored by:

Dec 14: Policies and educational practices for equity and inclusion in Spain

The Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education at the Institute on Community Integration

Invites you to a presentation by a visiting professor

M. Cristina Cardona, PhD

Professor of Research Methods in Special and Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Policies and educational practices for equity and inclusion in Spain

The right to an inclusive education encouraged internationally by the United Nations, articulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC, 1989) and in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, 2006), put countries that ratified these international documents under pressure to increase equity in education for all. Consistent with the ratification of these conventions, many governments in the last decades have introduced legislation to promote more inclusive educational systems. The resulting changes have affected not only students with disabilities, but also students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and/or linguistic backgrounds. This presentation will review policies, principles, and measures that guide inclusive school and classroom practices in Spain in order to make the Spanish educational system more equitable and effective through teacher education programs.

When: Wednesday, December 14th, from 10:30 to 11:30am

Where: 320 Education Sciences Building

For more information, please contact Renáta Tichá at or Cristina Cardona at

Reconsidering Development: Call For Papers Spring 2017

The editorial board of Reconsidering Development invites submissions for the Spring 2017 volume of the journal. Reconsidering Development is an open access, peer reviewed e-journal that aims to create an equitable space for dialogue and discussion concerning the theory and practice of international development. Submissions can be research articles, policy briefs, book reviews, and photo essays on a variety of development topics. Previous issues have included articles on development and aid, economics, education, the environment,  health, and language, but submissions are not limited to these topics. For the Spring volume, the journal is seeking manuscripts and media which fall into either of two themes, one specific and the other general: 1) Refugees, Migration, and Movement, 2) Reconsidering Development Theory and Practice. See below for more information on the submissions criteria, process, and guidelines. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017.

Submissions are encouraged from from a wide variety of development actors—scholars, graduate students, practitioners, policy-makers, and community activists—spanning different disciplines and geographic regions. Reconsidering Development particularly encourages submissions that reflect underrepresented voices, creative methodologies, and contemporary forms of expression in order to reconsider the broader field of development. We hope that this deliberate fusion of experiences will help to transform and push the boundaries of knowledge around which development theory and practice is built. The journal’s readers include faculty and students in many departments– including the social sciences, public policy, economics, education, history, health sciences, and development studies–as well as development practitioners and policymakers. Therefore, we prefer submissions that speak across disciplines and to a general audience of scholars and practitioners.
We are seeking manuscripts and media which fall into either of the two themes. Suggested topics within these themes include, but are not limited to:

Refugees, Migration, and Movement
  • Refugees and migration in light of nationalist movements around the world
  • Nations, non-state actors, and transnationalism
  • Education, political participation, and social inclusion
  • Human rights and migration
  • The role of international development and humanitarian assistance in a refugee crisis

Reconsidering Development Theory and Practice
  • Recent trends and practices in international development, related to politics and governance, the environment, food security, natural resources, economic growth, health and education, and more
  • Development policies/concepts/models which have received too much attention, or those which have not received enough
  • Questioning development institutions and goals
  • The culture and institutions of international development
  • Theoretical, historical, philosophical, or political concerns around international development
  • Marginalized voices in development

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

Articles must be submitted through the Submit Article link on the Reconsidering Development website. See below for details about submission formats.


Seeking Reviewers, Copy Editors, and Assistant Editors

We are also seeking peer reviewers and copy-editors for Reconsidering Development to assist with reviewing and editing the Spring volume and future issues. In addition, the editorial board is accepting applications for assistant editors from the fields of economics, environmental sciences, health, or interdisciplinary international development studies. To volunteer for any of these positions, please fill out this brief volunteer form.  

Submission Formats

Submissions are accepted in the form of research articles, policy notes, book reviews, and photo/artistic essays.

Research Articles
Research Articles should be well-rounded conceptual or empirical analyses, based on original research, and should include a literature review and conceptual/theoretical framework, methods, and analysis/discussion sections. Articles may (and are encouraged to) include accompanying media (graphs, maps, figures, photos). Articles are typically 7,000-9,000 words in length.

Policy Notes/Briefs
Policy Notes/Briefs are short descriptions of innovative development policies or programs or evaluations of development policies or programs. While these may focus on a particular issue or context, they should have relevance for the journal theme and an international audience. Notes may (and are encouraged to) include accompanying media (graphs, maps, figures, photos). Notes should not exceed 2,000 words in length.

Book Reviews
Reviews can cover one book or several related titles, preferably those published in the last two years. Preference will be given for reviews that critically engage with the book and connect it with larger issues in academics and society, beyond a summary of content. Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

Photo/Artistic Essays
Photo or artistic essays convey a powerful message using photographic images or artwork while telling a story or exploring an idea. We request an accompanying written piece to the artistic expression in the form of 100-300 words (either as an attached essay or as detailed captions to each photo) to be uploaded as a separate document. In addition to original photos and artwork, we also encourage video and audio submissions. All media may be edited for size and quality to fit layout or optimize files for web delivery. Authors will have the opportunity to preview results before publication.

For additional information on submission requirements, please reference the Submission Guidelines and Policies.
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